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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)
- "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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: =?UTF-8?B?cG9yamV0MjAxNg==?= <email@example.com>
I am Mr Jeg Jembojet, Manager Auditing an=
d Accountancy Department, Bank Of Africa in (B.O.A) Burkina Faso. This mess=
might meet you in utmost surprise however=E2=80=99 it is my urge=
nt need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this
nsaction. I got your email account while searching for a business oriented =
personality and you happen to be the one. I
bring forth a business p=
roposal in the tune of $35.5 million U.S. dollars to be transferred to an o=
ffshore account with your
assistance acting as beneficiary and next-=
of-kin to the funds. If you know you are capable of involving and partaking=
this transaction, this will be disbursed or shared between both =
of us 40% for you, 60% for me,I have secured necessary
that can be used to back up this claim we are making. These are the requir=
ement I need from you.
(1) Your Full name:....................=
(2) Your Age:.................................
(5) Your Country:..........................
I will appreciate your urgent response so that I will give yo=
u more details concerning this transaction. Please keep this
l as a top secret between both of us, because the secret of this transactio=
n is as well as the success of it, Sorry
if you received this letter=
in your spam, Due to recent connection error here in my country. Looking f=
orward for your
immediate response to my mail. jambojet.=
Mr Jeg Jembojet.