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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "confidential business" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "chief auditor" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- 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: Opara Kizito <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 21:12:10 +0000
An important and confidential business proposal. My name is Mr. Opara. kizito, I`m looking for an urgent need for a foreign partner that led to my contacting you about this mutual transaction. I am a banker by profession and currently holding the post of Chief Auditor in our Bank. I have the opportunity of transferring an unclaimed funds (9.5M) Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars belonging to one of my late clients. Having no one coming up to claim his funds and if left unclaimed will be transferred to the government treasury by the bank.Hence, I am inviting you for a business deal where we can facilitate the transfer of this fund and have promised 50% as your percentage once we are through, If you agree to my business proposal send your full data names,telephone number and address. Further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you.
contact me on my private Email Oparakizito61511@gmail.com