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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:
- "transferred into your bank account" (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)
- "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)
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Adama Ali <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2011 19:20:49 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Top Secret. Get back to me for more details and information
From: Mr. Adama Ali
Country: Burkina Faso
Occupation: Professional Banker
Position: Foreign Remittance Director
Peace be upon you,
For your kind attention, i will be very glad if you do assist me to relocate a sum of Five Million, Six hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($5.600,000.00) to your personal bank account for the benefit of both of us. The beneficiary of this account died (May his soul rest in peace) with his family in a Kenya Plane Crash 2003, and no body were officially intestated to stand for the claim as the next of kin.
This is a genuine business transaction, only that i can not operate it alone without using a Foreigner as required in my bank law, therefore i am contacting you to stand before my bank as the beneficiary next of kin of this fund, that is my reason of contacting you in this manner to assist me actualize this better opportunity, also to share the benefit together with me Insha' Allah.
You will be entitled to have 40% of this fund as a foreign partner, since you will provide a bank account where this money will be transferred to, while 60% will be for me, by indicating your interest on assurance of trust, i will send you the full details and how this business will be executed. Hence the money is transferred into your bank account; I will resign quickly from my bank here to join you over there in your country for disbursement of the fund.
Please you have to keep this proposal as a top secret between you and me because the secret of this transaction is as well the success of it, and if you are really sure of your integrity, trustworthy and confidentiality reply back to me immediately to prove your integrity, And if you are not interested about this business delete it immediately in your email box. I want my bank here to transfer this money into your bank account on time.
So if you are interested please just make sure you check your email box day by day because i will be sending to you the full details of this transaction.
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I will be looking forward for your urgent response.
Regards, in sincerity,
Mr. Adama Ali.