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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)
- "u.k " (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Monica O. Ibori" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:42:11 -0800
Subject: Re: BUSINESS PROPOSAL.
Dear Friend!! Goodday,
I am Mrs. Monica O. Ibori the younger sister of Mr. James Ibori the Delta State past Governor who is currently serving jail term in the United Kingdom prison, you can as well go through this news link to be sure of the authenticity of this message: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17739388.
When my brother Mr. James Ibori was the Governor of Delta State in Nigeria he instructed me to get an oversea account to enable him move some of his money out of the country which i did, I opened an account with OCBC Bank (USA) and my brother moved the amount of US$8.5 Million into the said account for safe keeping, but after his arrest by the U.K Government on the allegation of money laundry Delta State Government and the U.K Government seized all his property and all the money in his various personal bank accounts both in my country home and the United Kingdom and other parts of the world.
Right now the Government of Delta State are still investigating and taking over all the properties owned by my brother Mr. James Ibori and also confiscating all his money both money found in James Ibori relatives bank accounts, I am contacting you now because my account officer has advised me to make haste and provide an account which will be submitted to the OCBC Bank (USA) as a business partner account were the funds can be transferred, so i need you to work with me on this so that we can have this (US$8.5 Million) moved out of OCBC Bank (USA) to your account before the Delta State Government will discover the money and lay hands on it, the OCBC Bank (USA) account were this fund is deposited is working very okay, so there wont be any problem moving the funds out.
I want you to be rest assured that this is a risk free deal so you really do not have anything to worry about, i also want you to know that you will be rewarded handsomely with %30 of the total sum as soon as this transaction is completed, all i need is a provision of a bank account for a successful transfer of the funds out of OCBC Bank (USA) before the Delta State Government trace the funds to my account.
Get back to me if you can handle this deal and lets work out something good.
I await your kind response.
Mrs. Monica O. Ibori