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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.
- 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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "my direct telephone number" (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.)
- "lome togo" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: tonypeters <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: tonypeters <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:09:20 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: FROM THE OFFICE OF: MR ANTHONY PETERS
BANK DU ATLANTIQUE
The BDA Headquarters
TELEX DEPARTMENT OFFICE.
BANK DU ATLANTIQUE OF LOME TOGO (BDA)
FROM THE OFFICE OF: MR ANTHONY PETERS
Executive Board Member,
Bank Due Atlantique
105 Ahmadu Bello Way Lome Togo
Attn; BeneficialÂ Â Â
I am Mr. Anthony Peters , the Director Of Operation Bank Due Atlantique ( B.D.A). I have monitor all federal governments? transactions, individual transactions, and corporate bodies? transaction. On my table here, you have the total sum of:Â (US$14, MILLION USD ) to receive from the Correspondent Bank of togo, which has been delay since all this while, but i am fully prepared to get your fund to you, provided you will obey and stick to my official instructions for time being. You have to stop Communicate with impostor Right now to enable you to Receive your Fund.
After a serious thought, I decided to contact you so that I will help you to receiveÂ your long overdue fund without going through all these difficulties you have passedÂ through without success. As a senior board member of the Bank Due Atlantique Lome Togo , I will use my positionÂ toÂ pay you and one other contractor Via Automated Teller Machine (ATM Card)Â program or By Wire Transfer (Through our Correspondent Bank in Togo )Here, which will not require you making unwarranted expenses. I am a man of dignity and it pains me seeing people like you suffers in theÂ hands of fraudulent people here by making unnecessary payment to them withoutÂ receiving anything in return. However, I just completed a transfer yesterday toÂ USA by name Mr. Mark AndersonÂ who lives in Florida Usa , and I want you to believe and put yourÂ trust in me, as I can equally give you his telephone number for you to confirmÂ exactly the process he went through to receive his fund. So quickly reconfirm the bellow information to enable me start the paymentÂ process immediately, and please only working telephone and fax numbers areÂ required for easy communication.
1. Your full names.
2. Your complete address.
3. Your age and Sex.
4. Your occupation.
5. Marital status.
6. Your country of origin supported by an Identification documents.
7. Your contact phone number.
So i want you to understand that this is a deal , and for us to archive this deal it will cost us something but any expenses that come up both of us will join hands together like a team and solve it because both us are going to benefit from this fund So be inform but i don't think that it will cost us much because i have spent allot before the bank approve me to find the sole beneficiary.
Upon the receipt of your response, I will update you on the payment schedule, asÂ the processing of your payment will be completed within Three (3) working days,Â and your payment will be made successfully. I will like you to call me on my direct telephone number or email me at ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for confirmation ofÂ thisÂ email.... Tel: +228 913 538 18
Thanks, and we regret any inconveniences you might have passed through.
Mr Anthony PetersÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â
Director Of Operation
Bank Due Atlantique ( B.D.A)
+228 913 538 18
CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE: This E-MAIL may contain information that is privileged,Â confidential, and exempt from disclosure under applicable law If you are not theÂ intended recipient, any dissemination, distribution, copying, or use of thisÂ documentÂ is strictly prohibited .. If you have received this communication in error,Â pleaseÂ notify us by email at the email listed above.Â© 2014 Bank Due Atlantique ( B.D.A). All Rights Reserved.