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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Mr Ken Nana <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:34:04 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Branch Manager ECO-BANK OF GHANA,
The Branch Manager ECO-BANK OF GHANA,
First Light Branch
Happy new year to you, I got your contact during my search for a reliable, honest and a trust worthy person to entrust this huge transfer project with. My name is Mr. Ken Nana. I am the manager of the ECO-BANK OF GHANA, first light branch. I am a Ghanaian married.
I write to solicit your assistance in a funds transfer deal involving (US$4,600,000.00). This fund has been stashed out of the excess profit made last year by my branch office of the ECO-BANK of Ghana, which I am the manager. I have already submitted an approved end-of-the-year report for the year 2010 to my head office here in Accra-Ghana and they will never know of this excess. I have also since then placed this funds on a Non-Investment Account without any beneficiary in a Private Bank in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As a sign of good faith.
I shall send you in my next mail my staff identity card (ID card) so that you know who you are dealing with. Also It's quite obvious that a lot of people would try to do something that is unlawful for selfish reasons but l want assure you that mine is genuine because like I told you earlier, this funds was generated in my branch here as an excess profit as after last year's audition out of my hard work and dedication and If I did not make use of this opportunity, the funds would be declared as unclaimed bill in few days time and would be shared among the board of directors of which I would not be a part-taker.
Also an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this money into your bank account or company Account. I will guide you on how to apply to The Private Bank in Malaysia for the Account Closure/bank-to-bank remittance of this funds to your designated bank account and this transfer could be achieve within 72hrs. If you concur with this proposal, Be assured that it is 100% risk free and I intend for you to retain 40% of the funds while 60% shall be for me.
Your earliest response would be appreciated on the regards. Kindly call me on +233-548669513 for voice conversation.
Mr. Ken Nana