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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "contact me immediately" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "foreign remittance department" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: MR Rebert Abdulkabir <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:48:54 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Trusting to hear from you immediately.
FROM MR Rebert Abdulkabir
BILL AND EXCHAGE MANAGER.
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
BANK OF AFRICA ( BOA)
BURKINA FASO WEST AFRICA
I am MR Rebert Abdulkabir am the bill and exchange manager foreign remittance department BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A).in Burkina faso. I will like you to indicate your interest to receive the transfer of($6.4 Million.U.S dollars)I will like you to stand as the next of kin to my late client who is account is presently dormant,for claims.Get back to me if you are intrested to handling this transaction and assist me.furnish me the below information.for more details.Once again try to be checking your mails day by day to avoid any delay from you.
(2)Private phone number:
(3)Current residential address:
(6)Age and Sex:
I am waiting for your urgent respond to enable us proceed further for the transfer
BILL & EXCHANGE MANAGER
FROM.MR Rebert Abdulkabir
You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter
Trusting to hear from you immediately.