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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:
- "central bank of nigeria" (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: DR.BENEFITS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:21:31 -0800
Subject: YOU ARE NOMINATED
I AM DR. BENEFITS A. OREGUN, THE CHAIRMAN OF CONTRACT
AWARD AND REVIEW COMMITTEE SET UP BY THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA UNDER THE NEW CIVILIAN
DISPENSATION TO AWARD NEW CONTRACTS AND REVIEW
EXISTING ONES IN THE NIGER-DELTA AREA OF NIGERIA.
DUE TO THE FEDERAL GORVERNMENT AMNESTY PROGRAMES IN NIGER-DELTA OF NIGERIA,
YOU HAVE BEEN NOMINATED TO PAR-TAKE IN RE-CONSTRUCTIONS AND
THE AWARD OF CONTRACTS TO TURN THE NIGER-DELTA AREA INTO MEGA STATES, CITIES AND
GAINFULL EMPLOYEMENTS TO HER INDEGINEOUS CITIZENS
MODALITIES HAVE BEEN WORKED OUT AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL
OF THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND THE CENTRAL BANK OF
NIGERIA FOR THE IMMEDIATE TRANSFER OF MOBILIZATIONS FUNDS WITHIN
10 WORKING DAYS SUBJECT TO YOUR SATISFACTION OF THE
TO ACCORD THIS TRANSACTION THE LEGALITY IT
DESERVES AND FOR MUTUAL SECURITY OF THE FUNDS THE
WHOLE APPROVAL PROCEDURES WILL OFFICIALLY AND LEGALLY
PROCESSED WITH YOUR NAME OR THE NAME OF ANY COMPANY
YOU MAY PROVIDE AS THE BONEFIDE BENEFICIARY.
ONCE MORE I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT HAVING PUT IN
OVER TWENTY FIVE YEARS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE OF MY
COUNTRY, I AM AVERSE TO HAVING MY IMAGE AND CAREER
DENTED. THIS MATTER SHOULD THEREFORE BE TREATED WITH
UTMOST URGENCY IT DESERVES.
KINDLY FORWARD TO US :
YOUR COMPANIES NAME,PHONE & FAX,BUSINESS REGISTRATION NUMBERS,
TO ENABLE US SCRUTINIZE AND NOMINATE WHO IS HOWEVER QUALIFY
ENOUGH FOR ONE OF THE CATEGORIES OR CAPACITIES OF THE CONTRACTS.
REPLY TO BELOW E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR YOUR SUBSCRIPTIONS.