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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "foreign remittance department" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr.Foladay Dagogo" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:03:09 +0000
Subject: I AM DR.FOLADAY DAGOGO, CAN I TRUST YOU IN THIS DEAL?
I am Dr.Foladay Dagogo, the manager foreign remittance department bank
of African in Burkina Faso. I will like you to indicate your interest
to receive the transfer of us$19.3 million. 6o% for me and 40% for
you, you will stand as next of king to my late customer who died in
plane crash living no body behind. I would like to bring the process
to your understanding because business is all about trust and
I contacted you in this deal for your good benefit and benefit of my
family we encounter a great opportunity in life, All arrangements to
bring it to success has-been up by me. All you need to do is to follow
my instruction and for your information, I believe the most important
thing in this transaction is honest and re-assure me that my own share
of the funds will be safe in your hands after the successful
inheritance and transfer of this fund into your account. I will be
waiting to hear from you.