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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:
- "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)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Abdourahamane Diawara" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:08:58 +0200
Subject: VERY URGENT DEAL
I hope that you are well today.I am the Manager of Audit and accountant of my bank.so with due respect, I decided to contact you over this business financial transaction worth the sum of twenty eight million euros (28, 000, 000, 00) in other to entrust this fund into your bank account.
you sholud note that this is an abandoned fund that belongs to one of our customer from lebanese who died along with his entire family on a plane crash disaster with air france. I was very fortune to meet the deceased file when i was arranging the old and abandoned customers files in other to submit to the bank managements accordingly for documentation purposes.
Following our banking financial policy, it was obviously indicated and signed law fully that if such money remains unclaimed after SIX years without somebody been a foreigner apply and claim the fund as the next of kin , the money will be transferred into the Government Treasury account as unclaimed fund.
So the request of you as a foreigner is necessarily needed for the claim because a citizen of Burkina Faso cannot come forward to claim the fund since the law does not pave a way for an indigene to claim such fund.
Since the real beneficary of the fund died , the bank are expecting the next of kin to apply for the release of the fund for him or her without delay but
unfortunately i learnt through the investigations which I carried out that there is nobody behind who can come and claim the fund.
Therefore I want you to apply to my bank with your reliable bank account details where our bank will transfer the fund into, and immediately the fund
is transferred into your account ,we will share the fund according to the percentage ratio below.
SIXTY FIVE PERCENT (65%) of the total fund will be for me. TWENTY FIVE PERCENT(25%) for you in provision of your Bank account. FOUR PERCENT(4%) will be for unexpected expenses which may occur during the transfer.SIX PERCENT(6%) will be preserved for helping the helpless people, like charity organization and motherlessbabies. Thereafter you will help me to visit your country for sharing the money according to the percentage indicated above.
So for the immediate transfer of this fund into your bank account as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as the only existing next of kin
to the deceased customer and after approval which will take place immediately as you applied, the transfer of the fund into your nominated
bank account will proceed. Please note that you should keep this business secret until you confirm the transfer into the account which you will
provide. And there is NO RISK in this business.
Please note that all correspondence as regards this project should be directed to my private mail box with your data and more about yourself.
1. Your Names____
4. Marital Status______
6. Residential address______
7. copy of your passport copy_______.
sent it to me by mail as soon as I receive these datas, I will send to you an application form which you will apply to the bank the bank will forward to you all necessary documents related to the transfer and which will prove that you make a legal claim of inheritance.It is true that i prayed before i was pushed forward to contact you for this business but i want you to pray also and reassure me solemnly that you are trsutwothy,reliable,honest and capable to avoid cheating me in this business. If you are really sure of your integerity,reply me immediately for more detailed information for how the process to transfer the fund into your account will be.
Thanks and Allah bless you *****
Dr Abdourahamane Diawara
I will be waiting to read back from you as soon as you receive this mail or you can call me hereunder: