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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Larry Edward" <firstname.lastname@example.org >
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2021 09:32:06 -0800
Subject: *****SPAM***** Re:Letter From Mr. Larry
Dear Friend, =
Compliments of the day, I know that this letter must come to you as a big =
surprise since we have not come into contact with each other or know oursel=
ves before but I believe that circumstances can bring people together and t=
hey become great friends and business partners. I got your email through my=
private search for a reliable business partner and I decided to reach you =
through this medium.
My name is Larry Edward, a banker, and an account officer to late Andreas =
Schranner a German property magnate who came to UK in 1997, he was a succes=
sful business mogul but died in Concord AF4590 crash in the year 2000 along=
side with his entire family, Sincerely speaking it is no longer easy this =
days for one to believe the existence and cleanliness of business proposals=
in this era because of scam world we find ourselves but if you can give me=
a trial for just 14 working days and this business did not meet your deman=
d please call it a quit.
Please check on this below,
Before his death, my client deposited the sum of (US$35.5M) thirty five m=
illion,five hundred thousand United States Dollars in our bank here in Lond=
on. It has been called to my attention that the NEW British LAW of success=
ion/inheritance claims indicates a duration in which such claims could be t=
olerated. I have recently been mandated by our bank as his account officer,=
demanding me to search, present the next of kin/beneficiary to late Andrea=
s Schranner a German property magnate to whom the bank will pay the fund to=
. And failure to respond to this ultimatum would legally allow this financi=
al institution to make comments on the funds and return it to British treas=
ury as unclaimed funds. I want to present you as his next of kin/beneficiar=
y provided you have a studied good business investment where part of the fu=
nd will be invested while both of us will share the remaining money as we a=
I and my colleagues have succeeded in reuniting all the necessary requirem=
ents concerning the release of the fund and it is my intention to present t=
his opportunity to you as the beneficiary/next of kin should you accept my =
proposal. Please note that I'm legally equipped with all the necessary info=
rmation/documentations concerning this fund. Upon your decision to accept t=
he proposal I will process the release of this fund to your possession. Ple=
ase note that you will be entitled to a reasonable percentage of the funds.=
For security reasons, I have decided not to add more information to this l=
etter, but immediately you get in touch with me with your contact details, =
I would be able to inform you on how this could be concluded.
Send me the followings:
1. Your name and address:
2. Your working mobile phone number for oral explanation:
3. Your identification/ Country of origin:
4.Your bank account where to remit the money
Thanks for your co-operation.
( Account officer)