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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:
- "million us 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: Felix Jaime <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:23:46 +0530 (IST)
Subject: I NEED IS JUST YOUR CO-OPERATION AND HONESTY.
How are you?
l will like you to understand that this message will uplift our financial statusque greatly. Your attention to this messagebecause it will change our lives for good. ALL I NEED IS JUST YOUR CO-OPERATION AND HONESTY.
I am Mr.Felix Jaime, Director allocation department of ECO BANK ,OUAGADOUGOU BRANCH BURKINA FASO.My office monitors and controls the affairs of all financial banking concerned with foreign claim payments.I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance of huge funds moving within our bank both on the local and international levels in line with foreign claim settlement. I have before me list of funds which could not be transferred to some nominated accounts as these accounts have been identified either as ghost accounts unclaimed deposits and over-invoiced sum etc.
0n this note I wish to have a deal with you as regards to an unpaid fund. I have a file before me and the data are correct and un-tampered. As it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these surplus funds to the Federal Government Treasury and Reserve Accounts as unclaimed deposits. I have the opportunity to write you based on the instructions i received two days ago from the Foreign Debts Reconciliation Department to submit the list of payment reports / expenditures and audited reports of revenues. Among several others, i have decided to remit a fund claim to you following my idea that we can have a deal/agreement and i am going to do this legally.
1. The sum of USD$15.5M only will be transfered into your account after the processing of all relevant legal documents with your name as the bonfide beneficiary. The transfer will be made by Draft or telegraphic Transfer T/T confirmable in 3 working days to your location.WE MUST FOLLOW THE BANK PROCEDURES.
2. This deal must be kept secret forever and all correspondence will be strictly by email / telephone calls for security purposes.
3. There should be no third parties as most problems associated with your fund release are caused by your agents or representatives.
If you AGREE with my conditions i advise you to send the following:
A: Your Full name and address
B: Your direct telephone number
And the transfer will commence without delay as i will proceed to fix your name on the payment schedule instantly to meet the three days mandate. I hope you don't reject this offer and have this fund transferred.MOTTO:"Good name is better than money.
Hope i can find in you a nice & reliable person, with this profitable proposal of $15.5Million US dollars. I wonder, if it's possible to achieve this transfer through You?