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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million dollars" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: prince brooksman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2011 14:41:53 +0100
Subject: Attn. To The Chairman/CEO.
Attn. To The Chairman/CEO.
Dear Good Friend,
Please if you are willing to assist for this urgent proposal kindly
reply without further delay to enable us finish this transaction
within 7 working days.
Inafct, Am glad to contact you, and also reading your informations
from a relaible business friend from US, who has directed me to
contact you for this smooth and carefull transaction of funds,
therefore through whom I found your favourable contact was a
relaible and trust-worthy person to me, Infact , am also glad to find
your email id accordingly and I do strongly beleive that my coming
accross to know you will never bring any default, shame or become a
stepping failured stone to ruin my business project , life and carrier
as I have planed and made up all my best and suitable mind and
arrangements to quit out from my Dad who's one of the top special
adviser to these our present Ruling President here in my country Lome
-Togo, please kindly note first that, I am the first true son of my
Father Hon. Dr. Williams Awosely Koffi. Esq.
Then I am his first son and a barrester by profession, and am also a
prince but this does not matters to our busines engagement anymore,
then all I want is to live on my own and become what I should like to
be in life as a complete full man, so due to over much pampers and
coverages and back ups I have been having from my Dad for years, and
due to his position in the government no matter he is today one of the
special adviser to our present president but to me all this I
personaly do not cherrish them in life rather than to build up my own
life suitable for me.
Alternatively, I have planed to leave my country and find a suitable
country through which I will make my ultmost investment of my own,
also a suitable place for my steady living with my own family if
possible and there i will make up things by my self, so with this
direct connection with you, this only made me and even gave me much
assurance to entrust these my planed of business into your hand so
that my coming out to your cuntry I will find a better place to make
my investment of $9.5 Million Dollars,
So note please, this amount I have already made the arrangement with
my father's security finance bank, now I only need your contact and
account informations through which the security finance bank will
wire these amount to and for my safety use in your country, so please
confirm if you can assist me making this investment successfully in
your country, and if yes please do not delay further to send me your
account informatins and name of beneficiary through which these funds
will be wired to, then I have agreed to settle with you as soon as I
come over to your place atleast 18% preferablly out of the total sum
to be transfered to your account please confirm.
Also note that I want us to complete these issue within a short period
of time so that before my Father will start askig of me he will by
then notice that am already in your country doing my business, then
you dont need to fear about this business because myself I will cover
you and protect your interest but I knew once I succedded on this plan
my Father will appreciate it all seeing me doing very well with the
money insteady of keeping eyes on him everyday thanks and hope you
will find this details very usefull and interesting waitting for your
Prince Brooksman Williams Esq.