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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:
- "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 next of kin scam.
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: =?UTF-8?B?QUJEVUwgQVlNQU4gQkFaSVI=?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear potential partner
I get your contact from internet search i hope that you will not betray thi=
s trust and confident that am about to repose in you for the benefit of our=
I am (ABDUL BAZIR AYMAN) the Head of file Department in African development=
bank (AFDB). In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $15 millio=
n us dollars, In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who=
died along with all his family in the Asia Earth Quake Disaster (TSUNAMI D=
ISASTER INDONESIA / INDIA.Since we got information about his death, unfortu=
nately i learn that all his supposed next of kin or relation died along sid=
e leaving nobody behind for the claim.
The Banking laws here does not allow such money to stay more than 10 years=
,because the money will be recalled to the Bank treasury account as unclaim=
fund. In respect to the provision of a foreign account Please I will like y=
ou to keep this proposal as top secret and also note that you will have 40%=
of the above mentioned fund, while 60% will be for me if you agree to tran=
sact this business with me I will give you full details of this transaction=
immediately you notify me your interest by sending your data.
(PLEASE FILL THIS FORM BELLOW AND RESEND IT TO ME).
1) Your Full Name
2) Your Age
3) Marital Status
4) Your Cell Phone Number
5) Your Fax Number
6) Your Country
7) Your Occupation
9) Your Religion
ABDUL BAZIR AYMAN,
CONTACT PHONE NUMBER: +229-6351-2292