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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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "contract award committee" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Stacy Lambert" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 12:27:01 -0700
Subject: ALL THANKS TO MR. ADEBAYO, CONTACT HIM TODAY.
I am Mrs. stacy lambert , I am a australia citizen, I am one of those that executed a contract in Nigeria years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $72,000 trying to get my payment all to no avail.So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my contract documents,And I was directed to meet BARRISTER AUGUSTINE ADEBAYO (SAN), who is the member of CONTRACT AWARD COMMITTEE, and I contacted him and he explained everything to me.He said that those The government are working on getting this people all over ,both in uk,spain ,and other country they might be.
Then he took me to the paying bank Nigeria and I am the happiest woman on this earth because I have received my contract funds of $1.5 Million USD. Moreover,BARRISTER AUGUSTINE ADEBAYO (SAN), showed me the full information of those that have not received their payment.I saw your email address as one of the beneficiary, and your contract amount, You have to contact him direct on this information below.
Contact Name: BARRISTER AUGUSTINE ADEBAYO (SAN)
Head Office:Plot 01937
1st Avenue Mariana
Crescents Close Abuja Nig.
You really have to stop your dealings with those contacting you because they will dry you up until you have nothing to left with you.
Thank You and God Be Bless.