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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "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)
- "high court" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "MR.SALIF TOURE." (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2011 19:00:49 +0100
Subject: I need your Trusted Partnership Co-operation?
I am Mr.Salif TOURE (Banker) an Accounting / Auditing Manager of Credit/Debit Unit in Banque Commerciale Du Burkina (BCB), Ouagadougou-Burkina Faso. I contacted you as regards to a business proposal that will be of an immense benefit to both of us and the less privileged ones. Being the manager accounting / audit department Regional office I discovered a sum of $5.500,000.00 USD (Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) Only in a Fixed Account belonging to one of our foreign customers Late Mr. Moses Saba Masri. He was a Jewish business mogul from Mexico that died on a helicopter crash early this year. Mr. Saba was 47-years-old when both his wife, his only son Avraham (Albert) and his daughter-in-law died in a helicopter crash.
You can get more information's as regards to the crash and the death of our late customer Mr. Moses Saba on the site web address below.
The choice of contacting you aroused from the geographical nature of where you live particularly due to the sensitivity of the transaction and the confidentiality herein. Now our bank has been waiting for any of the relatives to come-up for the claim of the inheritance fund but unfortunately all efforts has being void. I personally have been unsuccessful in locating neither the relatives nor any next of kin to Mr. Saba. On this regards, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin / will beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at $5.5 Million USD can be paid to you.
This will be disbursed or shared in these percentages 50% to me and 50% for you. I have secured all necessary legal document such as the Fund Certificate Of Deposit and so on that can be used to back up this claim we are about to make. All I need is to upload your names to the documents and legalize at the Burkina Faso High Court of Law in order to prove you the legitimate beneficiary. All I require now is your honest co-operation; confidentiality and trust to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee you 100 % success and that this business transaction will be executed under the ambit of law and will also protect you from any breach of the contract.
Please provide me the following as we have 7 working days to run it through:
1. Your full name
2. Telephone number
3. Contact address
7. Identification Copy
Having gone through a methodical search, I decided to contact you hoping that you will find this proposal interesting. Please on your confirmation of this message and indicating your interest I will furnish you with more information's.l
Your assent to this e-mail and business proposal will be highly appreciated.
Tel : 0022676730670.