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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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- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mohamed" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:43:13 -0000
Subject: SEEKING FOR ELIGIBLE BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP.
How are you? I Hope you are fine. Am Mr.Mohamed Bangoura, Age 51 Am the regional manager here in Eastern (Kumasi) Ghana. I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us. As the regional manager of the bank, its my duty to send financial reports to my head office in the capital city Accra On the course of the last year 2011 end of the of the years report,
I discovered that my branch in which I am the manager made Two Million, Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars ($2.550.000.00) of which my head Office is not aware of and will never be aware of. I have since then PLACED this fund on a ESCROW CALL ACCOUNT without a beneficiary.As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money thus I am compelled to request for your assistance to receive this money into your bank account.
I intend to part with 25% of this fund to you while 75% shall be for me and i will also like to invest in your country. I do need to assure you that there is practically no risk involved in this. Its going to be a bank-to-bank transfer.
Part of the reason i contacted you is because i have a 9-year old daughter who has leukemia, a disease of the blood, and she needs a bone marrow transplant or she will die. I want this transplanting to be done in any good childrens hospital in your country if there is one.
All I need from you is to stand as the original owner of this fund.
If you think you can help me,I will appreciate your timely response.