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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: MOUSTAHA MAMADU <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: MOUSTAHA MAMADU <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 22:42:31 +0000 (UTC)
Â Dear Friend. Â Â
I got your contact from the house of commerce here in Burkina FasoÂ during the search ,search for a honest person .My name is Dr Â MOUSTAHAÂ MAMADU The regional manager of BIB Bank Burkina Faso. I am a America byÂ birth,46 years of age and married with three children . Â Â Â Â
Although i am not comfortable to send this proposal to you becauseÂ of increase in SCAM and FRAUD especially in Africa , but i am too sureÂ that this is not Scam because you have access to confirm,provided youÂ did not let my Bank know the source of your information. I have pack agenda financial transaction that will benefit both of us. As the regionalÂ manager of the bank, it is my duty to send financial reports to my headÂ office in the capital city of Burkina .On the course of the last yearÂ 2013 end of the year's report, i discovered that my branch in which i am the manager ,made twenty-four million us dollars. ($24,000,000.00 ) ofÂ which my head office is not aware and will never be aware of it. I haveÂ since then PLACED this fund in an ESCROW CALL ACCOUNT without aÂ beneficiary. As the regional manager of the bank , I cannot be directlyÂ connected to this Money thus, i am impelled to request for yourÂ assistance to receive this money into your bank account. Â Â Â Â
I intend to part 25% of this fund to you while 75% shall be for meÂ and two officers who will assist me move the fund to your account. I doÂ need to assure you that there are no risk involved in this Business. It's going to be a Bank-to-Bank transfer . All i need From you is to standÂ as the original depositor of this fund. If you accept this offer, i will appreciate your timely response and then we shall discuss on how youÂ will keep our share... Â Â Â Â
NB: Your early reply is highly welcomed and attach yourÂ profiles,such as your name and address,and also your contact telephoneÂ number for easy means of communication. Â Â Â
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You should contact me with below. Â Reply to this mail below Â firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ
Best Regards, Â Â Â Â
BIB Bank Burkina Faso Â Â Â Â
Dr. MOUSTAHA MAMADU