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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:
- "confidentiality of this transaction" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "very confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Ms Bintu Umar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 16:00:33 -0700 (PDT)
How is your day today? i hope all is well and fine with you including your health and job,Bear with me as am using this opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Miss Bintu Umar Yaman, am a citizen of southern part of Sudan but currently residing here in Burkina Faso, I am 21 years 5.8ft tall, fair in complexion, single, (never married).I am making this contact with you based on the fact that we have not meet before and due to nature of the situation i found myself as a victim of Sudan political crises in my country which involved lost of my parent during the war, between the government and rebel leader who died in a plane crash after 21 days of his sworn in as the first vice president. Presently i am here in Burkina Faso West Africa.
My late father Dr. Umar. Yaman ...My father was murdered in cold blood while my mother died during the bombing of our village, western sudanese state of north Darfur. I am contacting you based on a pitiable situation in which I found myself today. find a way to help me out and I will remain grateful. There is an information I would like you to keep very confidential. There is sum amount of money my late father deposited in a bank in Burkina Faso for safe keeping before his death.The squable happened as over the issue of mineral and allocation resource of diamond using his influence as opportunity to smuggle diamond to the neighbouring countries in exchange for money and other valuable assets, Presently, the money is $8.500.000 Milllion U.S.Dollars. I need your assistance for the withdrawal of my inherited fund and also transfer the fund to your position for partnership investment in your country under your care. My father registered the beneficiary of
the money with my name as his next of kin. The deposit documents are with me.
I want you to assist me, to get my Inheritance withdrawn from Burkina Faso and to be transfered in your position with your name, and thereafter I will offer you 20% from the total sum as your rewards for assisting me. There is no risk in this transaction. I will use the remain balance of the money for an investiment in your country for the future of my life.
If you are intrested,and can maintain the very confidentiality of this transaction, you e-mail me immediately for us to proceed. The Sudan government through it's various agents has confisticated all my late father's known properties since his death.
Go through below website to find more details of what my country have passed through.
Do reply immediately you receive this mail for further discussion to enable me nominate you and stand as my beneficiary next of kin to enable Burkina Faso Bank release my Inheritance In your name. Please When replying, I'll like you to tell me more about yourself, your likes and dislikes, hobby and everything you feel that I should know about you.
Thanks for your anticipated understanding and co-operation. Thanks and God bless you,
I will scan my picture in my next mail to you.
Bintu Umar Yaman.