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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Benson Ado" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:13:20 -0000
Subject: URGENT RESPONSE
With due respect, let me introduce myself to you, I am Mrs. Benson Ado a citizen of GHANA I am a banker by profession Head of Audit Department with (BBPG) BARCLAYS BANK PLC GHANA. After Audit, I discovered a large sum of US$ 35.5 Million in an account that belongs to one of our deceased customer, a business Mogul Mr. Moises Saba Masri, a Jew from Mexico who was a victim of a helicopter crash in 2010 that took the lives of his family members as well.
Find below more information of the accident on this web link http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3832556,00.html our Bank has been waiting for relatives to come and claim the funds but no one turned out and I personally have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives. With this, the Board of Directors are planning to confiscate the funds or share it among themselves but I will not let them do that so I need your consent as a partner in this transaction so I can present you as the Beneficiary to the diseased so that the funds can be wired to your local bank account.
We will be splitting these funds equally 50/50 and I do hope you agree to this.
If you are interested to do this business deal with me, kindly contact me via my direct E-mail: (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
Notwithstanding, this business must be confidential between you and me, please I repeat, no third party must know anything about this transaction.
Hope this mail finds you in good faith.
I remain respectfully.
Mrs. Benson Ado.
Audit And Accounting Manager
BARCLAYS BANK PLC GHANA
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