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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: MR.WILLIAM KOJO <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2011 10:33:20 -0400
Subject: FUND TRANSFER
From Mr.William Kojo
International commercial Bank.
Ring road Accra Ghana.
Attn : Dear
I am enchanted using this tremendous opportunity to converse with you in this
medium of communication. I am Mr.William Kojo Finance director International
Commercial Bank Ghana. I am contacting you for a possible business transfer
worth $10,500,000.00 (USD), I am using this moment to give you the cognizance
and also to seek your assistance to this business proposal.
In my department I discovered an abandoned sum of $10,500,000.00 (USD), in an
account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Mr. Alan Williams, A
British National who died along with his entire family in (20th Oct, 2005) in
a plane crash. As followed in this link
Do not view this as being illegal but an opportunity for us to enrich our
hope in life instead of the bank converting this much money to the security
funds. You should not nurse any atom of fear as all required arrangements
have been made for the smooth transfer of these funds into your account,and
your acceptance is what will crown this effort.
It will be my interest to finish this transaction with you hoping that you
will not cheat or blackmail me at the conclusion of this goal because I have
planned it for long. If you can be a collaborator to this transaction, please
indicate your positive interest immediately for us to proceed. Remember this
is absolutely confidential because my Bank does not know about it.
To establish this you have to send the following information to me
TEL FAX NUMBER:_____________________
Thank you for your time and attention.
Thanks and God bless You,
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