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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: "Mr. Edward Dhossou" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:25:19 -0700
Subject: Excess Investment Profit Returns (EIPR)
My name is Mr. Edward Dhossou, I am the Investment and Administrative Manager of BANQUE ATLANIQUE BENIN. I have an immense business opportunity from my Bank, which I will be open to discuss and handle with you if maximum confidentiality is guaranteed .
It is well considered across the globe that there is no real and legitimate business transaction from African continent ,based on the fact that some jobless youths has considered defrauding innocent citizens off their hard earned resources as their common / major trade. Please I will employ you not to consider this letter as one of those sent by those jobless youths , rather give a little attention to it.
I am contacting you for this great business opportunity 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 explain to you the details and procedures.
Briefly , this business is all about putting claims on an Excess Investment Profit Returns (EIPR) which my department turned out made last year 2016. This Excess Investment Profit Return has a valuation of US$5,800,000.00.(Five Million Eight Hundred US dollars only)
I seized the opportunity to contact you and seek your permission and consent to submit your information to the bank as an existing foreign investor to the bank yet to receive his 2016 annual investment dividend.
Also be informed our bank manages over 158 corporate investors both locally and internationally, each and every investor receives his/her annual investment dividend at every end of each fiscal year.
PURPOSE: My purpose of contacting you is to seek your permission to slot in your information to our system among the foreign exiting investors, so that the bank will pay you the above listed value of US$5,800,000.00 as your 2016 annual dividend payment. Then me and you will share that among ourselves as agreed.
Note after reading this message and you considered it beneficial to us, and ready to execute the business with me, quickly send me all below listed information to enable me commence the processing of all the legal papers to back up the claim, as well register them into the bank computer system as an existing investor.
For our commencement, kindly send me the below listed information as you are replying
1. Your Full Name
2. Your Country of Origin
3. Current Address
4. Contact Phone Number
5. Current occupation
Thank you for your time attending and reading this message.
Anticipating your quick response for the full details of this operation.
Mr. Edward Dhossou