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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million 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)
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Abdulaiye Rahmani <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 10:31:03 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend
Greetings to you and your family.
My name is Mr. Abdulaiye Rahmani, The current Auditor of a bank here in
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa. I have a transaction of
US$9.5Million dollars for transferring into your home bank account for our
mutual benefits and I need your total and 100% cooperation and assistance
to realize this task.
Further details about the fund, its source and who will stand as a business
partner to consulting. enterprise so that my bank can transfer this fund
into your receiving bank account immediately as I have your positive
response. You must assure me that everything will be handled confidentially
as I am assuring you that all your details required for this transaction
are all safe and secure. We will never lack again in life if we can join
hands together for making this deal a success.
It has been over 9 years now that in my department we discovered an
abandoned sum of US$9.500.000 (Nine million Five hundred thousand US
dollars) In an account belongs to consulting enterprise in our country
Burkina Faso that political party sign a contract with him and move huge
amount of Funds into their various overseas counterparts bank accounts
through the help of their Political advisers.
Most of the funds which they transferred out of West Africa were realized
from material consultants, these are the funds meant for the development of
our country Burkina Faso and their various Nations being taken away for
their greedy and selfish ambition.
Their Political advisers always inflated the amounts before transferring it
into foreign accounts, so I also took the opportunity to divert part of
these funds, hence I am aware that there is no official trace of how much
was transferred as all the accounts used for such transactions were being
closed after each transfer.
I as the major Account Officer to most of those politicians and the then
Foreign Remittance Dept Director of the bank, when I discovered that they
were using me to succeed in their greedy invents, I also cleaned some of
their banking records from the Bank files and no one ever cared to ask me
because the money was too much for them to control. They laundered over
US$964 Million Dollars during the process.
As I am sending you this message, I have the ability to transfer the
diverted Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($9.5 M) into your own
bank account abrade from an escrow account belonging to no one in the bank.
The bank is anxious now to know who his business partner to the consulting
enterprise is because they have made a lot of profits with the funds. It is
more than Nine years now and most of the politicians are no longer using
our bank to transfer funds overseas as most of them have died and the rest
are no more in power.
The US$9.5 Million Dollars has been lying fallow and I don't want to retire
from the bank without transferring the funds to a foreign account to enable
me share the proceeds with the receiver. The money will be shared 60% for
me and 40% for you with expenses. There is no one coming to ask you any
question whatsoever about the funds because I secured everything. Further
details shall be mailed to you if only you show any sign of seriousness and