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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)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Dr Issa Karim <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 20:38:17 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: DR ISSA KARIM,
AND EXCHANGE MANAGER
TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY? HOPE FINE, PLEASE PAY ATTENTION ANDUNDERSTAND MY REASON
OF CONTACTING YOU TODAY THROUGH THIS EMAIL, MY NAME IS DR
ISSA KARIM, BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER IN AFRICAN
DEVELOPMANT BANK.(ADB). OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO, IN MY DEPARTMENT, DURING THE
AUDITING OF THE YEAR 2006, I DISCOVERED ANABOUNDED SUM OF $10.5m, THAT BELONGS
TO OUR LATE (MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER FROM MUNICH,GERMANY) WHO DIED ALONG WITH HIS
ENTIRE FAMILY IN JULLY 2000
IN A PLANE CRASH,
MORE INFORMATION VISIT THIS SITE BELLOW
DESPERATELY NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE TO SECURE AND MOVE THIS HUGE SUMS OFMONEY LEFT
BEHIND BY MY LATE CLIENT TO THE TUNE OF $10.5m, (TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLARS) OUT FROM AFRICAN DEVELOPMANT BANK.(ADB). OUAGADOUGOU
TO YOUR OWN ACCOUNT,
EXECUTED CONTRACT THROUGH DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND HOUSING HERE IN OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO
AND THE MENTIONED MONEY ABOVE IS HIS MONEY LEFT IN OUR BANK BEFORE HIS DEATH.
MEANWHILE, FOR YOUR SMOOTHNESS OF THIS TRANSACTION, I PROMISE TO PAY YOU
40% OF THE TOTAL SUM FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION IN THIS MATTER,
YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED AND CAPABLE TO HANDLE THIS BUSINESS
TRANSACTION, ON YOUR ACCEPTAINS TO THIS MATTER REPLY WITH YOUR INFORMATION'S
YOUR FULL NAME:
YOUR PHONE NUMBER:
YOUR COUNTRY AND CITY:
SOON AS POSSIBLE ALL THESE INFORMATION'S IS SUBMITTED TO ME, I WILL IMMEDIATELY
DRAFT AN APPLICATION FORM WITH ALL YOUR INFORMATION'S AND SEND BACK TO YOU, SO
THAT YOU WILL PROCEED WITH THE TRANSACTION BY SENDING THE FORM TO ADB BANK FOR
THE TRANSFERRING OF THIS FUND INTO YOUR ACCOUNT,
REPLY FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THIS TRANSACTION,
78 54 458.