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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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: waheed <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 02:22:16 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Dr Waheed Aka Personal email dated 23/10/2010 (Urgent & Confidential)
My name is Dr Waheed Aka, I am the Bill and Exchange manager here in Bank
Of Africa (BOA) Ouagadougou Burkina Faso.West-Africa.
I have a business proposal in the tune of $25.8 million,(Twenty Five Million Eight hundred Thousand only) belonging to one of our foreign customers who died along with his entire family in plane Crashes 2003.
I advised to enter the websites that carried an independent report on the
You should not nurse any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been
made for the smooth transfer of this funds and your acceptance is what will
crown this effort.
If interested, please contact me with the following information below for further details.
Your International passport or ID card .......
Your private telephone number ...............
Dr Waheed Aka
Bill & Exchange manager
Bank Of Africa (BOA).
Ouagadougou Burkina Faso