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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:
- "million united states 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)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr,AHMED KAFANDO" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:57:29 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: GOOD DAY
Â AHMED KAFANDO
32 Rue Avenue du Independence
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
In line with Governments' commitment to transform the public sector, The Burkina Faso National Roads Agency Ltd (BFNRAL) was established in April 1998 by an Act of Parliament as an independent statutory company operating along commercial lines and at arms length from Government.
BFNRAL harnesses more than 600 person years of core skills and experience in road development and management within a highly motivated, professional and passionate team of people operating out of its (OUAGADOUGOU ) head office and four regional offices located in ( BOBO DILLASSO ), (BANFORA), (KAYA) and (KUDUGU).
I am Dr.AHMED KAFANDO, the Director of Contract Award and Procurement Commission (CAPCOM) to the Republic of Burkina Faso. As the Chairman of (CAPCOM) confidentially requesting for your consent to transfer a deliberate OVER-INVOICED sum of Seven million United States Dollars (USD$7000000.00) Of Multi Billion Dollars Contract awarded to foreign firms in the on going national road rehabilitation scheme.
This is to use your name particulars LEGALLY to transfer the said fund which we deliberately inflated over-estimated during the contract we awarded some months ago for our personal benefit. Base on the personality and the new government in control I am ready to compensate you with 35% of the funds. The only thing I require from you is just for you to help me move the money out of this country I have already mapped out a strategy of using diplomatic means to move the money out of Burkina Faso to your country as I shall inform the diplomat that the box contains your personal research materials.
Hence i have decided to invest and re-settle outside the African continent due to geometric economic depression and increase in crises, which leads to violation of human rights, devaluation of currencies, acute scarcity of food and other amenities. More details will be forwarded to you as you respond.
Soliciting for your kind assistance