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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:
- "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)
- ",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)
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Collins M" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Mr.Collins M" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:50:20 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: From:Mr.Collins Mensah
Â From:Mr.Collins Mensah
Meridian House, Ring Road Central,
Private Mail Bag No. 16, Accra North,
CONTACT ME HERE: <firstname.lastname@example.org> IF YOU ARE INTERESTED
I anticipate that you read this mail quickly and let me know your
opinion or willingness on this Classified Information top secrete that
I will release to you. Firstly, This is an opportunity to change my
financial status that will give my family a secured future.
My name is Mr.Collins Mensah, I am a banker and currently the Swift
Operational Manager of the International Commercial Bank Limited
(Ghana). I wish to introduce a financial transaction that will benefit
both of us, as the swift operation manager It is my duty to direct
incoming swift transfer to the receiving account corresponding with
the International Commercial Bank Swift there here is the top secret
there is an incoming transfer of $22,000,000.00 twenty two million
united states dollars from Barclays Bank Mauritius to /0240029052601UE
ICON GHANA LTD and I have received a call this morning from the
company accountant informing me that the company president is late and
he pleaded with me to redirect the funds to another account outside
Ghana I have reason with him as i see this as an opportunity as we all
know that dead Men don't talk.
I got your information during my search through the Internet. But I
don't know how you will feel about this, but I assure you that you are
not going to regret knowing me . I only hope we can assist each other.
But If you are not interested in his offer kindly forget it but if you
are interested and you are not capable of handling it try to help me
get a partner urge ntly if you can as I will have 10% of the total fund
to you as the consultant but you must understand the confidentiality
of this project you must make it a secret.
NOTE: YOU SHOULD NOT DISCUSS THIS BUSINESS TO ANYBODY FOR SECURITY REASONS.
I have discussed with the company accountant to Late K.S.Malayappan
the/0240029052601UE ICON GHANA LTD a well none Indian multimillion
gold miner and government contractor based here in Ghana and
beneficiary of the contract fund in question . As an officer of the
bank I can not divert the fund to any local account here in Ghana so
this informed my contacting you for us to work so that you can assist
receive this money into your bank account for us to SHARE between the
two of us.
While you will have 45% of the total fund, and 55% for me and my
partners. Note there are practically no risk involved in this project,
it will be bank to bank trans fer, all I need from you is to forward
your personal information's and your bank account details so i can
easily document for the redirection of the funds to your own account
as the original beneficiary of the funds If you accept this offer to
work with me, I will appreciate it very much. As soon as I receive
your kind response, I will give you details on how we can achieve it