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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:14:05 +0100 (CET)
FROM:MR ABDUL HAMZA
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER,
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (A D B)
TELE 00226 76 61 26 98
(PRIVATE & CONFIDENITAL)
I am contacting you to assist me in a claim of $22.3 USD,it is a genuine transaction and 100 %risk free, so we MUST remain honest in all our dealings because i cannot achieve the opportunity without the support of a foreigner, you will be entitled to 40% of the total sum while 50% will be for me while 10% will be to take care of expenses, please reply back to me urgent if you are interested to enable me provide you more details. It is with good spirit of heart I opened up this great opportunity to you.
I shall expect to hear from you urgently as this is of high Priority. I shall make available to you all necessary information, directives and possibly arrange a meeting prior to the commencement of the transaction at the bank where the funds is deposited.
All other necessary vital information will be sent to you when I hear from you.
I look forward to receive your email.
Mr ABDUL HAMZA HOME ADDRESS:288 QUEZIN
FERDINAND AVENUE OUAGADOUGOU.