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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:
- "might come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: anita abdel <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 19:22:12 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Greetings My Dear, Help me out,
Greetings My Dear,
Â Â How are you today, with hope you are found in good condition of health? I am Miss. Anita Ghazi al-Sadiq Abdel Rahim, Originated from Southern Sudan the daughter of former Sudanese Minister for religious affairs. My Father and other Top government officials were among the 32 killed in plane crash, when they were on their way to South Kordofan for an Eid al-Fitr celebration, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The plane crashed on 19 August 2012. And that was what sent me away from my country as i made my escape only by the special grace of almighty, you can read more about the crash through this site:Â http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19310609
My dear I really want to have a good relationship with you, i know this mail might come to you as a surprise, but due to unsolicited nature of my situation here i decided to contact you for help and assistant, havenât meet with you before I intend to disclose this to you with trust as a top secret which I believe you will never turn me down neither disclose it to anybody until everything is successfully done I will relocate over to your country and further my education studies. Before the death of my father, he made a fixed deposit of the sum of Five Million Eight Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($5.800.000.00) in one of the International Bank here in Burkina Faso, with my name as his legal biological next of kin, which I have already confirmed his statement positively from the bank. But on my arrival to the Bank to withdraw the fund, the Bank foreign Operation Department Director whom I meet in person told me that my father instruction to their bank is that the fund would only be release to me when i present a foreign trustee/partner who will help me and invest the fund overseas after the transfer, according to my Father instruction to the bank, and the bank ask me to go and look for a capable foreign partner.
Therefore my dear, i want you to understand very well that the most important reason why i decided to contact you is for your kind help and assistant for transferring of this my inheritance fund and investment assistance in your Country as my legal appointed trustee/investor as the bank instructed and it will be my intention to compensate you with 40% of the total fund for your kind assistant and help then the balance shall be my capital in your establishment which you are going to help me and establish there in your country as my legal appointed trustee and investor, and i want you to assured you that this claim is genuine.Â Thanking you a lot in anticipation of your quick response. Kindly contacts me back and indicate your interest with assurance of trust to enable me give you the full details on how to carry out this claim.
Yours Sincerely Anita G Abdel.