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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.
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Collina Nkiru <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2021 17:01:02 +0100
Subject: Re;I await to hear from you ;
I am Mrs Nkiru Collina, I work with MayBank of malaysia here, I am
writing to you following an opportunity in my office that will be of
an immense benefit to both of us, In my department i discovered the
sum (Rgt1.2Million) in a credit account with /C
N0:NL85ABNA6008341843, on my further trace, i came across the file and
found out that the account has be inactive for almost two years now
The true owner of this funds/account was Dr FUXIANG GAN , a chinese
Nationality who is The deputy director of the international liaison
office of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions.
unfortunately lost his life, including his wife and two children in
the plane crash (Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ) which crashed On 24
March 2014 killing all passengers on board.The choice of contacting
you is aroused from the geographical nature of where you live,
particularly due to the sensitivity of the transaction and the
confidentiality herein, Now our bank has been waiting for any of the
relatives to come for the claim but nobody has done that, I personally
have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives, I seek your consent
to present you as the next of kin/Will Beneficiary to the deceased so
that the proceeds of this account valued at Rgt1.2Million can be paid
to your account as the deceased Next of Kin.
This will be disbursed or shared in these percentages, 70% to me and
30% to you, All I require from you now is your honest cooperation,
confidentiality and trust to enable us to see this transaction
through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please,
provide me the following, as we have seven (7) days to run it through.
This is very URGENT PLEASE KINDLY send the details below:... ..........
1. Full Name........ .
2. Your Telephone Number........
3. Your Contact Address.....
4. Your photo.....................
6.Your Age.................. ......
7. Your Occupation............
Your urgent response will be highly anticipated and appreciated.
Mrs Nkiru Collina.