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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)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: aiman lklil <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 5 May 2012 12:03:53 +0200
Subject: Dear Friend.
MR. AIMAN LKLIL
Head of Files Departments
Credit Agricole Bank Burkina Faso
I write you In the Name of Allah the most gracious and Most Beneficent, His Holy Prophets and most respected of His Prophet-Prophet Mohammed (the Peace of Allah be with him)..; May His Holy Angel lead us in the part of whom He has favour not of those that has incur His Curse.
Peace be upon you.
How are you doing? I hope all is well with you? Please treat this message strictly confidential and do not be surprise over this unexpected and sudden communication to you because I believe that many has done unnecessary things through internet and I want to assure you in the almighty name of Allah that I am not among them . I got your contact from a reliable international directory where I decided to choose you as to assist me pull into your bank account the sum of Twenty Five millions United States Dollars ($25) from our bank.
The owner of this account late Mr. Paul Louis Halley was the seventh richest man in France, He died with his entire family on Dec, 2003 Air-Crash. (May his soul rest in peace)
You can confirm through this website before you can respond;
Therefore, I need your attention and trust so we can make a business deal in
Order to move this fund to your account and, once the fund is transferred; I will ensure that every information about this deal will be erased automatically from this bank.
For us achieve this successfully, you should apply to our bank as the business partner/extended relative to the deceased. Nevertheless, I will use my good office to ensure that my bank granted urgent approval for the release of this fund to your bank account. This transaction is 100% risk free.
Hence the fund is released; I will resign quickly to join you over there in your country for
Disbursement of the fund. Your percentage will be 40% while 60% for me. Contact me only through this my private email for more details about this deal: We have to start the process immediately to avoid our bank to send the fund to central bank of Burkina Faso as unclaimed fund but if you are not interested, please delete the message and don't reply to me.
I am waiting for your response.
Your brother in Islam,
MR. AIMAN LKLIL
Head of Files Departments