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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:
- "00,000.00" (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: "From Mr. Edward Dhossou" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:48:33 +0100
Subject: Immense Opportunity for Both of us
From Mr. Edward Dhossou
Good Day !!
My name is Mr. Edward Dhossou, I am the Investment and Administrative Manager of BANQUE ATLANIQUE DU BENIN. I have an immense business opportunity from my Bank, which I will be glad to discuss and handle with you.
I am contacting you for this business based on the fact that it requires the participation of an external citizen (Foreign Citizen).
Based on the confidentiality of this business as it requires, I will appreciate if you find time to respond to this letter ,in other to give and explain the details to you.
Briefly , this business is all about putting claims on an Excess Investment Profit Returns which my department made last year 2016. This Excess Investment Profit Return has a valuation of US$1,800,000.00.
Note If an agreement is reached between me and you to handle this operation, I will submit your details / name to our bank as one of our bank foreign investors , who is yet to receive his 2016 annual dividend payment.
I seized the opportunity to contact you for this business based on the fact that it requires the participation of a foreign citizen, thus I seek your permission and consent to present you to the bank as one of those foreign investors as our bank manages over 158 corporate investors both locally and Internationally . Be informed I will arrange every official documents that will identify you as an existing investor to this bank.
I will be well pleased and open to disclose this business to you , upon receiving your reply message indicating your interest and willingness to partner with me and handle this business.
For our commencement, kindly send me the below listed information as you are replying
Your Full Name
Your Country of Origin
Your current Address
Your contact Phone Number
Your current occupation
Thank you for your time to attend and read this message.
Anticipating your quick response for the full details of this operation.
Mr. Edward Dhossou