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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "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)
- "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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Mamadou Blaise <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 10:53:36 +0100
Compliment of the day to you. I am Mr Mamadou Blaise a banker by
profession from West African Development Bank (BOAD) here in Burkina
Faso and am currently holding the post of bill and exchange manager of
the Bank. I am sending this brief letter to solicit your partnership
to transfer $10.5 million US Dollars into your bank account. Bear in
mind that I contacted you because the deceased customer was a
foreigner and only another foreigner like you can successfully claim
out this money, it is in this regard that i decided to contact you
with the confidence and hope that i must be safe and protected in your
hands since what is involved is such a hugh amount of money in million
dollars. here is my private email please reply me through this email
However, I shall text you the application form as soon as I hear from
you. Can you be able and capable to assist me by providing me with
your receiving bank account where this fund will lodge in your favour?
I shall give you 40% of the total sum as soon as this fund hits your
account and I shall visit you in your country for the sharing. Please
this is very confidential. And here is the name of the deceased
customer Dr George Brumley, the wedsite about the plane crash
i have made every needed information for the sucess of this
please forward me the bellow information's;
Your name: ..................
Your country: ...............
Your phone Number: ..........
Your Tel/fax: ...............
Your age: ...................
Your occupation: ............
A copy of your photo........
I am looking forward for your prompt response, I shall text you the
application form when I receive a positive response from you.
Mr Mamadou Blaise.