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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:
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "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.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "MRS TRICIA FRANK" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "MRS TRICIA FRANK" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 05:38:31 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Beneficiary
THESE EMAILS YOU RECEIVED ALL THESE TIME DOES NOT HOLD WATER,
YOUR FUND ORIGINATED FROM AFRICA AND NOT THE WESTERN WORLD OR
AMERICA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA HAVE GIVEN THEIR APEX BANK
THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA THE POWER TO SETTLE YOUR DEBT EVEN
THIS BANK THE FIRST AFRICAN BANK HAD IT ON GOOD AUTHORITY TO
FIX THE PAYMENT USING THE ACCOUNT OF THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
AND THE BANK HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO REMIT TO EVERY BENEFICIARY THE
SUM OF $10 MILLION ONLY TO EVERY BENEFICIARY THAT HAS BEEN CLEARED
BY THE PUBLIC COMPLAINT COMMISSION WHICH THE VICE PRESIDENT IS AMONG
THE OFFICIALS OF THE PUBLIC COMPLAINT COMMISSION
AND SOME EX MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WITH GREAT REPUTE
SIR YOU ARE LEARNED AND YOU OUGHT TO KNOW THE RIGHT THING, WHY
YOUR FUND STILL REMAIN UNPAID IS THE MISTAKES YOU AND YOUR
PARTNER MADE AT FIRST AND I HAVE TOLD YOU CATEGORICALLY THAT
UNTIL THE MISTAKES ARE FIXED YOU WILL BE GOING ROUND AND ROUND
THE ONLY THING TO DO IS TO LIAISE WITH THIS RADICAL LAWYER
BARRISTER LEWIS WILLIAMS AND HE WILL GO TO THE PUBLIC COMPLAINT
COMMISSION AND REPORT THE MATTER AND THE COMMISSION WILL SEND
THEIR TEAM OF LEGAL ADVISERS TO GO TO THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND
RECTIFY THE MISTAKES AND GET ORDER TO REMIT FROM THE MINISTRY
HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST YOU?? JUST A TOKEN OF $375 ONLY, AND
YOU WILL SEE WHAT AM TELLING YOU, IF I WERE YOU, I WOULD HAVE
JUST GIVEN IT A TRIAL AND SEE
TRY IT NOW AND YOU WILL BE HAPPY YOU DID JUST TAKE IT AS A
COMMON SMALL MONEY FOR SACRIFICES AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS IF
YOU LIKE I CAN GIVE YOU THE CONTACT OF THE LAWYER AND YOU
DISCUSS WITH HIM ONE ON ONE
MRS TRICIA FRANK