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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: mrahmed ouedraogo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2021 20:48:24 -0700
HowÂ areÂ youÂ doingÂ todayÂ iÂ hopeÂ fine?
IÂ cameÂ acrossÂ yourÂ e-mailÂ contactÂ priorÂ aÂ privateÂ searchÂ whileÂ inÂ need
ofÂ yourÂ assistance.Â MyÂ nameÂ Mr.Â mrahmed ouedraogo âÂ IÂ workÂ withÂ the
departmentÂ ofÂ AuditÂ andÂ accountingÂ managerÂ hereÂ inÂ UBAÂ BankÂ ofÂ Africa,
ThereÂ isÂ thisÂ fundÂ thatÂ wasÂ keepÂ inÂ myÂ custodyÂ yearsÂ agoÂ andÂ IÂ need
yourÂ assistanceÂ forÂ theÂ transferringÂ ofÂ thisÂ fundÂ toÂ yourÂ bankÂ account
forÂ bothÂ ofÂ usÂ benefitÂ forÂ lifeÂ timeÂ investmentÂ andÂ theÂ amountÂ isÂ (US
$27,500.Â MillionÂ Dollars).
IÂ haveÂ everyÂ inquiryÂ detailsÂ toÂ makeÂ theÂ bankÂ believeÂ youÂ andÂ release
theÂ fundÂ toÂ yourÂ bankÂ accountÂ inÂ withinÂ 7Â bankingÂ workingÂ daysÂ with
yourÂ fullÂ co-operationÂ withÂ meÂ afterÂ successÂ NoteÂ 50%Â forÂ youÂ while
50%Â forÂ meÂ afterÂ successÂ ofÂ theÂ transferÂ ofÂ theÂ fundsÂ toÂ yourÂ bank
WAITINGÂ TOÂ HEARÂ FROMÂ YOU.
Mr.Â mrahmed ouedraogo ,