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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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)
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "utmost confidentiality" (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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: jas lin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:32:43 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend,
How are you? I want to inquire from you if you can handle a
transaction for mutual benefits/life opportunity for you and me. I am
Dr.Jaslin Ikhsan. The Chief International Relation Foreign
RemittanceUnit of my bank here in Burkina Faso Ouagadougou Branch.
I Have an Opportunity to the Sum of Fifteen Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars(US$15.500.000.00), to transfer into
your bank account over there in your country. I will provide the full
details of this business transaction when once we known each other as
business with trust. I personally will contact you and you alone.
The fund will be shared at the ratio of 58% for me. 40% for you and 2%
will be set aside to cover any expenses and tax in your bank.
Please treat this business proposal with utmost confidentiality and
send me the following Information's if you areinterested.
Your Full Name:........
Your Age: ...............
Your Direct Phone Numbers:.........
Your Sex: ....................
Thanks and best regards.
Dr.Jaslin Ikhsan .M.sc (ECONS)
HousePhone: 00226 79 43 61 10