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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:
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mariam Cisse"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2020 14:01:51 -0000
Dear Sir ,
Mr. Hassan Karam Jameel ,An Oil Contractor From Syria Made a Fixed Deposit of $14.7 Million in Our Bank ( BOA ). Our Bank Has Made Several Efforts to Locate Him Since The Maturity of the Deposit , But Recently Found Out that He Died with His Entire Family in Syria War leaving Behind No Next of Kin to the Deposit .
Therefore I am Contacting You to Present You as The Next of Kin/ Beneficiary to Claim The Abandoned Funds.There is Practically No Risks Involved in this Transaction , It is 100% Risk Free and Shall Be Legally Bonded, All You Need do is to Stand as the Beneficiary to the Deposit For a Proper Wire to Your Account .If you Find This Proposal Suitable For you, get Back For Full Details and Procedures .
Note : The Percentage Ratio is thus: 40% for you , 60 % for me and my colleagues .
Ms Mariam Kabi Cisse
Manager Boa -Ci