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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Marlaine Kabore <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:56:02 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention Please,
Â Attention Please,
My name is Marlaine Kabore, I am a banker. It is true that we have not met each other in person, but I strongly believe that no trust, no friendship in every business. I have a deceased customerâs abandoned fund, which I am his personal financial adviser before his accidental death, that being the main reason why I alone working in the bank here, know much about the existence of this fund and the secrets surrounding this money. But before I disclose the full details to you, I will like to know your interest and willingness to assist me by reverting back to me with your :
Private Email IDâ¦â¦â¦â¦â¦
Private Phone noâ¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦. for further confidential details about the said fund.
Mrs Marlaine Kabore.