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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:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "my direct line" (a "direct line" in a scam usually means an untraceable mobile phone number used by a scammer in an internet cafe, a redirection service number that forwards to a mobile or a free voicemailbox in a different country.)
- "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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (Laposte; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:17:44 +0100
Subject: From Dr.Adu Karim
>From Dr.Adu Karim
Bill And Exchange Manager
Freeing International Dept
Ouagadougou Burkina Faso
MY DIRECT LINE +226-76-36-77-43..Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
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I am Dr.Adu Karim .the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department of Banquet International Du Burkina (B.I.B) Bank,In my department I discovered an abandoned sum of ($15.5m US dollars)(fifteen Million five hundred thousand US Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer, who died along with his entire family on December 10,2006, in plane crash with Airbus A320 Plane.
Sincei got information about his death, I have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we can not release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the decease as indicated in our banking guidelines and laws, but unfortunately i learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died along side with him at the plane clash leaving no body behind for the claim.
Itis therefore upon this discovery that I decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the decease for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and i donât want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.
The banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after Seven years, the money will be transferred into the bank treasure as unclaimed fund. The request of a foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a (Burkinabe) cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.
I agree that 45% of this money will be for you as a foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 45% will be for me.
Therefore,to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arrange, you must apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin to the deceased indicating your bank name, your bank account, your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where in the money will be remitted upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the letter of application.
I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer.
You should call me immediately as soon as you receive this letter:+226-76-36-77-43.for more explanation.by furnishing me with the following:
Please reply to my private E-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org
MY DIRECT LINE +226-76-36-77-43.