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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 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)
- "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)
- "million 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: Albert Fuetterer <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2012 12:41:38 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Business Proposal..
I am Mr. Albert Fuetterer, Account/Audit Manager, BHCI - Banque de l'Habitat de Côte d'Ivoire. I have a profiling amount in excess of US $18 Million United States Dollars, which I seek you to accommodate for me. You will be rewarded with 40% of the total sum for your partnership. Can you handle this?
I need your assistance in Transferring the sum of ($18 Million) Eighteen Million US Dollars into your account an the whole process of the Transaction will take up to 10 days for a successful completion of the fund transfer to your bank account in your country.
This is not a stollen money rather, an abandoned money that was discovered in our last annual audit. It belong to one of our late customers by name Mr. Alan Williams, who is from England. He died years ago in a plane crash together with his family, living behind his contract sum unclaimed in our Bank. You can view the link below for more details:
Be inform that there is expenses to incur in the transaction and have it in mind that you will bear the expenses to be incurred in this Transaction. You will be rewarded with 50% of the total sum for your partnership and 50% is for me. After the successfull Transfer of the fund to your bank account, I will visit you in your country for share of the $18 million dollars, according to the percentage indicated. Reply me if you are interested so that I will furnished you with more details.
The Transaction has to be concluded as soon as I confirm your readiness to do the transaction, Let me hear from you soon.
Mr. Albert Fuetterer