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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "into your nominated 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: mussa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 17:02:07 +0100 (BST)
Subject: ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THIS TRANSACTION?
How Are You? I Know That This Mail May Come To You Almost A Surprise As We Never Met Before And Please Before You Proceed Reading This mail, This Is True And Live In Format And Not An Joke, Well I Saw Your Contact Email From My Net-Work Google and Yahoo Commerce In BF,
After Much Consideration I Decided To Write You Since I Cannot Be Able To See You Face To Face For Now, At First I Strongly Believed That Any Information Received From The Google and Yahoo Of Commerce Office Is Correct And Must Be Trusted. But Never Mind, I Am From (Burkina Faso West Africa) Mr. Ben.Jermin Mussa. By Name, An Auditing Debt Manager In Our Bank Here (Islamic Bank Of Africa ).
I Have An Opportunity To The Sum Of Ten Millions, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($10.500,) Ten Million Five Hondred Thunsand United
State Dollars, To Transfer Into Your Nominated Bank Account (The Owner Of The Money) Is An. IRAQ Customar. Who Died A Long With His Entire Family During The Iraq War, Upon Your Reply And Interest To Receive This Fund On My Behalf, I Will Kindly Send You More Details On How The Execution Of This Transaction Will Commence,
Now I Urge You To Take This Message Seriously And With An Open Mind. So Please Give It A Benefit Of Doubt, And With Good Faith And Trust Join Me And I Am Assuring You Now That You Will Never Be Disappointed. Now My Questions Are: Can You Handle This Project With Me? Can I Give You This Trust? Respond Back To Me Or Delete It Off If You Are Not Interested.
If You Accept This Offer To Work With Me, And You Find This Proposal Suitable For You Do Furnish Me With The Following Information.I Will Appreciate It Very Much, If This Proposal Is Acceptable By You, Do Not Make Undue Advantage Of The Trust I Have Bestowed On You, And I Assure You We Can Achieve It Successfully. I Need The Bellow Informationâs From You to Enable Us Join Hands To Processed,
Your International passport or ID card..........
Your private telephone number...................
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