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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)
- "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)
- "30% for you " (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)
- "utmost confidentiality" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Saidou Compaore <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 22:14:20 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Good day my dear friend
Good day my dear friend
Â It's just my urgent need for a foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction. However, this correspondence is private. I got your contact from the chambers of commerce here in my country ouagadougou,burkina faso.
Â I am Mr Saidou Compaore The Chief international relation ForeignÂ Remittance Unit of my bank here in Ouagadougou Branch, Burkina Faso in West Africa.I want to inquire from you if you can handle this transaction for mutual benefits/life opportunity for you and me.
Â I Have An Opportunity To The Sum Of Sixteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$16.500.000.00) To Transfer Into Your Nominated Bank Account. I will provide the full details of this business transaction when once we known each other as business lie with trust. I trust you and you alone, the fund is going to be shared at the ratio of 60/30, that is 60% for me and 30% for you While 10% will be used for our expenses during the transaction.Please treat this business proposal with utmost confidentiality till we receive this fund into your Nominated Bank Account and send me the following Informationâs:
Your Phone Number,......
Thanks and best regards
House Phone: 00226 71359636
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