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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Jeanes Akubudogo." <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:14:08 -0500
Subject: Waiting for your reply.
Good day dear friend,
As you are not a nationality of my country; i have a business proposal for you, and it will be for the mutual benefit of the both of us.
I am Mr Jeanes Akubu, Working with Bank Of Africa here in Burkina Faso Ouagadougou, I will like you to help me in receiving this fund $18.5 million into your Bank Account for investment (Hotel industries and Estate Building management) or any profitable business in your country and I will give you 40%, for your assistance.
The fund has been dormant (in-active) for some years in our Bank here without any body coming for it. I want to apply for release of the fund to you as the nearest person to our deceased customer , A Foreign Customer (the owner of the account) who died a long with his supposed next of kin in air crash long time ago. I don't want the fund to go into our Bank treasury as an abandoned fund, so this is the reason why I contacted you, so that my Bank will release the fund to you as the nearest person to the deceased customer.
If you are capable of handling this deal Contact me for more details i will appreciate if you contact me with this email: firstname.lastname@example.org ,or my phone number: +22678054752.
Yours Mr Jeanes Akubu,