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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 uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Samuel Dhossou" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:14:28 -0700
Subject: From Mr. Samuel Dhossou
From Mr. Samuel Dhossou
Good Day !!
My name is Mr. Samuel Dhossou, I am the Investment and Administrative Manager of BANQUE ATLANIQUE BENIN. I have an immense business opportunity from my Bank, that will change our financial status if properly executed or handled.
I am contacting you for this business based on the fact that it requires participation of an external citizen (Foreign Citizen).
Brief Details: In every banking year, our Bank has a Profit Return Target of 20% in all Investment projects, which my office administers. Last Year 2015, it happened that we had an Excess Profit Return above the bank Targeted 20%.
During the investment audit, for the year 2015, it was calculated that the total profit return valued upto 21.2%, meaning an Excess of 1.2% was recorded.
By our official calculations, this Excess Profit Return of 1.2% is valued to amount of US$1.8Million.
Subsequently, our bank has well over 158 foreign and Local Investors, who receive/gets their annual dividend benefit from the bank at every end of each fiscal year.
In view of this, when sending my investment and profit return report to the management, I did not include the Excess , hence the targeted of 20% is completed.
Meanwhile I have quickly moved this Excess of $1.8Million to a hidden Account in the bank, pending when I will source out a reliable and trusted foreign citizen, whom I will present to the bank as one of the bank foreign investor, yet to receive his /her 2015 annual dividend payment.
By this message, I am contacting you to seek your consent and permission to present you to our bank , as one of our bank foreign investor, so that the excess of $1.8Million could be paid to any of your nominated bank account as your 2015 annual dividend benefit of you investment with the bank.
Note as a senior staff of this bank, every official paper works to identify you as one of the bank foreign investors will be provided, all guide lines on how to follow up will also be advised.
Please after reading this message, and make your decision to partner with me to handle this big operation, quickly send me all the below listed information, to enable me commence the paper works on your name immediately.
1. Your Full Name
2. Your Country of Origin
3. Your Contact Phone Number
4. Current Address
5. Your Sex and present Occupation.
Note I do not intend to contact any more person(s) for this business, unless I receive your reply email stating you are not interested.
Be informed There are no illegal act on this transaction, all we have to do is to follow the due process and bank procedures of remitting foreign investor's annual dividend benefits.
Anticipating your quick response today
Mr. Samuel Dhossou