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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: Ibrhm Karim <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 17:15:59 -0800 (PST)
Subject: WITH DUE RESPECT FROM MR KARIM +226 78 36 90 83
GOOD DAY MY GOOD FRIEND
LET ME START BY INTRODUCING MYSEIF,
I AM MR IBRHM KARIM,
AN ACCOUNTS OFFICER WITH AN AFRICA BANK IN BURKINA-FASO OF WEST
I AM WRITING YOU THIS LETTER BASED ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT AT MY BANK WHICH I
WILL LIKE TOBRING TO YOUR PERSONAL EDIFICATON.($9MILLION TRANSFER CLAIMS).
THIS IS ALEGITIMATE TRANSCTION AND YOU WILL BE PAID 50% FOR YOUR
"ASSIST ANCE".IF YOU ARE INTERESTED,PLEASE WRITE BACK FOR MORE
YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT ME WITH MY PHONE +226 78 36 90 83
MR IBRHM KARIM.
YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT ME WITH MY PHONENUMBER +226 78 36 90 83