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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found 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: MR HARI KUNDA <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:08:29 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I Am Mr. Hari A. Kunda
Â Dear Friend,
I Am Mr. Hari A. Kunda
However, It's Just my urgent need For foreign partner that made me to
contact you for this transaction.I am currently holding the post Of
manager foreign affairs the bank where I work (Bank of
Africa,Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso.
I got your contact when i was searching for an overseas partner to
assist me through banker's seminar held recently in UK I have the
opportunity of transferring the left over funds ($10.5million)
abandoned in an account for years.
Hence, i am inviting you for a business deal where this money can
betransfer to a foreign account shared between us in the ratio of 50%
for me,40% for you and 10% for any income expenses that will come
during the transfer, if you agree to my business proposal. Further
details of the transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as I receive
(1)your Full name ................,
(2)your country ..................,
(3)your Telephone ................,
(4)your Occupation ...............,
(5)your Status ...................,
(6)your Age ......................,
(7)your photo ....................,
MR. HARI A. KUNDA.