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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:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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)
- "contract award committee" (the name of a person or institution often appearing 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: Conombo Sekou <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jan 2020 13:21:31 +0000
Subject: Dear sir / madam,
Dear sir / madam,
Please pardon me for disturbing your valued time. I am delighted to
write you concerning this fund transfer. I am Mr. Conombo Sekou, the
Chairman Contract Award Committee Ministry of Energy Burkina Faso.
i decided to contact you for this lucrative business proposal
which I presume will interest you.
We awarded contracts to a Chinese and a German company which we
deliberately over-invoiced the amount to the tune of ($12.6 Million) Twelve
Million, Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars as our own commission.
So now we want to transfer these funds to a foreign bank account
and we are looking for a very honest and trust worthy
foreigner who will provide a reliable bank account to
receive the ($12.6 Million) on our behalf
because we are not allowed to operate foreign bank account while still
in service hence the need for a foreigner to receive the funds regardless
of your nationality, occupation, position, age or sex.
We have agreed to offer you 35% of the total amount for your
Assistance to provide bank account, while 65% will be for us.
There is no risk involves, all logistics are in place and all
modalities have been
worked out for the smooth conclusion of this transaction within 10 to
14 days of
commencement after receipt of your detail information:
1, Your full names / Company names if any
2, Date of Birth
3, Your occupation
4, Your address
5, Your phone & fax numbers
6, A scan copy of your passport or id.
If this proposal interests you as i presume it would, contact me through my
email immediately for more details, and also send me your contact Phone
Numbers for further discussion.
Thank you hoping to hear from you soon.
Mr. Conombo Sekou.