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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: "Mr. John J.Joseph" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 03:38:44 -0500
Subject: I AM WAITING FOR YOUR CONFIRMATION !!!!!-+
Greetings from Mr. John J.Joseph,
I am the Chief Risk Officer and Credit System Programmer with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).I saw your email address while browsing through the NNPC DTC Screen in my office yesterday so I decided to use this very chance to know you.
I believe we should use every opportunity to know each other better. However, I am contacting you for obvious reason of mutual benefit which you will understand, The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is the Oil Corporation through which the federal government of Nigeria regulates and participates in the country's petroleum industry.
I am sending this mail just to know if this email address is OK, reply me back so that I will send more details of what I intend us to achieve to you. I have a very important business proposition to discuss with you, I look forward to receiving your response at this E-mail: email@example.com or call me on the phone number below.
Have a pleasant day.
Mr. John J.Joseph.
Executive Director/Chief Risk Officer
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Private E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com