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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:
- "top secret" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr Faisal Samae <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2017 19:06:58 -0700
Greeting to you my good friend, I am Mr.Faisal Samae from Burkina Faso. I am banker by profession in one of the UBA branch here in Burkina faso,I have a deal that we can do together, the deal is this, there is this man that open an account with us here in Burkina Faso, is name is call DAVID WILLIAMS, and this man is late in the year 2013 April 18th ever since the bank are waiting for his family to claim is fund, but there is No one responding to it, and I heard an information if any of his relatives come for it they said that they will release the fund to he/her it may concern, so I dont know if you are interested for both of us to claim this fund before he become a government property, that is why I am contacting you, so my good friend, you do not need to be afraid of this because I am here to give you every information that the bank we need from your as a prove.
And the amount we are talking about here is the sum of 5.6million ponds which means the bank we release it to the next of kin that we come for it, so introduce your wiliness to do this business without any betray at the end of it all.
NOW the transfer will be made to you true online banking, which means the bank will create online banking for you, and you will transfer any amount to the bank account of your choice, until everything got successful before I can come over to your country for the sharing of the money. Note: this money will be share at the rate of 50/50 which means 50%for you and 50%for me.
If you are interested please feel this information bellows,
(1) Your full name
(2) Your home address
(3) Your country
(4) Your age
(5) Your occupation
(6) Your mobile number
(7) Your passport/I .d card/driving license
Get back to me with the whole of this information so that I can tell you on how you can contact the UBA headquarter were their will create your personal online account for you, so please do not be afraid of anything, because this will not curse you any arm, and there is No risk on this business, because I am here to guide you, and also keep this to yourself as a top secret until we succeed,
I am waiting for your respond,