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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)
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "email@example.com" (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: "Dr. Libo Abracha" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 11:03:34 -0400
I hope you are fine overthere in your country. I know that this message will come as a surprise to youbut let me start by introducing myself; I am Dr. Libo Abracha, Manager of Bankof Africa BOA Burkina Faso. I am writing you this letter to fulfill the promiseI have with Almighty, now listen to me let me explain to you, in my departmentin the bank I discovered the sum of ($18.600, 000. eighteen Million sixhundred thousand United State Dollars) and I was searching for a foreignerpartner who will assist me to claims the fund, first I send you an E-mailconcerning this transaction but I waited to hear from you about the transactionbusiness in which I proposed to you but did not hear anything from you againmaybe you are too busy or you did not received my messaged.
So I have to search foranother person who will assist me luckily for me I founded a partner from SouthKorea and both of us did the business now when this transaction was going on Ihave agreement with Almighty, I promised Almighty if the transaction movesuccessfully that I will give out 10 percent of the total fund out to themotherless babies and the widowers and luckily for us the business movesuccessfully without any problem so as a good Christian I did not forget mypromise to Almighty, I decided to give out the 10 percent to the needy ones ,so I decided to handle over the money under your care for you to use and helpthe motherless babies and the widowers over there in your country, Now I am inSouth Korea with my new partner who helped me finalized everything about thetransaction. So therefore I kept the total sum of $ 1.860,000, Million (OneMillion eight Hundred sixty Thousand United State Dollars),
As the 10 percent of thetotal fund for the motherless babies and the widowers and I deposited the moneywith the Coris Bank International under my secretary care Mrs.FatisBasham,email ( email@example.com ) therefore contact Mrs.Fatis Basham,immediately via her emailaddress so that she will direct you how to receive the funds. you can receiveit into your bank account in your country, so feel free to contact my secretaryMrs.Fatis Basham, for I have gave them instruction to transfer the funds to youas soon as you contact her; please give some part of this funds to themotherless babies and widowers in your country that is my promise to Almighty.
N: B Note that I willnot be checking my email because I am too busy here now in South Korea, I haveinstructed my secretary to direct you how to receive the funds and I want youto keep this as secret do not let my secretary to know about this transaction Ijust explain to you now I only kept the fund under her care but sheâs not awareof the transaction I told her that the money is for business , so contact herand introduce yourself to her because I have also told her about you sotell her to direct you on how you will receive the funds please make sure thatthe motherless babies and the widowers over there in your country will receivethis money successfully as I promise to Almighty.
Dr. Libo Abracha