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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:
- "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: Mss Celine Nana <Celine1@tinza.net>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 00:14:02 GMT
Subject: PLEASE YOUR URGENT RESPONSE
I am Miss Celine Nana the Audit and Account Manager (A.D.B)Bank in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso,west africa
I have a business transaction for you.In my department i discovered an abandoned Sum of US$10.5 Million Dollars.In an account that belongs to one of our late foreign customer who died on Air crash with his family member. ever Since he died,Nobody to claim the left over balance in the account.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I decided to seek your assistance to present you as his business associate for my bank to transfer the funds to your account.
If you accept i would give you the guide lines of how we can achieve this transfer of the balance $10.5 Million Dollars to your account.
the fund will be share 50-50%. by both of us
if you are capable to handle this transaction please furnish me the following information for more details.
Your pravite phone number:..
Miss Celine Nana