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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:
- "very confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 07:15:41 -0430
Subject: From Mr Peter Koja.
Confidential And Trusted Deal.
I am Mr
Peter Koja, Accountant of one of the
commercial bank in COTE
D'IVOIRE. I have a very confidential and urgent financial notification for
you. A contract file worth US$14 Million Dollars with the name has
been noticed lying waste in our contract and account department. As
one of our international remittance director.
As one of our
international remittance director, I am obliged to notify you, Now (being a
foreigner),I want this money to be paid into your account for us to share
50/50, all i need from you is honest and you will promise me that you will
not run away with this money. If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not
take undue advantage of the trust we have bestowed this deal,
NB: Please if you are interested with the deal, kindly respond
back with your full name and address,fax/phone numbers, to enable us
proceed immediately without any delay because is a deal i want this money
to transfer into your bank account for too of us. Forward thos information
to me for the transfer.
1. NAME IN FULL...
I await your earliest response. Thanks,
I require you treat
this letter with the utmost
From Mr Peter