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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million us 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)
- "million 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Hussain Ali" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 05:50:20 -0600
Subject: GET BACK TO ME IMMEDIATELY
Attention Dear Friend,
I am Mr. Hussain Ali, a Burkina citizen from Ouagadougou. I am Finance House Officer, working in ORIS FINANCE HOUSE Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso West Africa.
I have a profiling amount in an excess of US$42.Million Dollars, which I seek you to accommodate for me. You will be rewarded with 35% of the total sum for your partnership. Can you handle this? Your assistance and support is needed to transfer the Fourth Two Million US Dollars out of the firm where I work, to your bank account in your Country.
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
This is an abandon sum and it belongs to our late customer Mr Heidi salf al-islam, a Libya oil tycoon who died with his family as result of war in Libya on 31th of December 2010/2011. This fund was left unclaimed in custody of the ORIS FINANCE HOUSE for safe keeping and without a beneficiary.
All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above mentioned sum and I will re-profile the funds with your data, which will enable the financial firm transfer the sum to you. I have decided to use this sum to relocate to the American continent. The processing of the transaction will take up to 10 days for a successful completion of the fund transfer to your bank account. Immediately the fund is transferred to your bank account, I will come over to your country for sharing of the sum as agreed.
The transaction has to be concluded as soon and as I confirm your readiness to proceed with me, I will provide you with details.
My best regards,
Mr. Hussain Ali
REPLY ME IMMEDIATELY