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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:
- "waiting for your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr Boromo Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 11:27:10 -0800 (PST)
Subject: PLEASE READ WELL & REPLY BACK,
Â Mr Boromo Williams.
Tel; +226 79 161 281 .
Ouagadougou,Burkina Faso .
Attn: Please ,
Â First and formost,I have to introduce myself to you.I am ( Mr Boromo Williams.)The Director incharge of Auditing section of Bank of Africa (BOA) in Ouagadougou,Burkina Faso .I need your urgent business assistance in transferring an abandoned sum of ($9 Million) dollars left by a deceased customer of my bank immediately to your account.
Â If you are interested and ready to partake in this great business opportunity,kindly send your profiles to me including your Name;...........your private telephone number;........... for easy communication.I will send you full details on how the business will be executed and also note that you will receive 40% of the above mentioned amount if you agree to help me execute this business.
Â The deal between you and I now is that, I will present you as the next of kin and send your information to the authority for legal approval documents to enable you claim this fund. Actually I donât have to involve myself officially because of my job, but I know what is required to get this funds released to you. Without taking much of your time, I will advise that you get in touch with me for more details.
Â Please if you are not willing and interested in helping me kindly delete this e-mail from your computer and pretend you never got it.I am waiting for your urgent response with much anticipation.!!!
Â Thanks and remain bless.