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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.
- 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.
- +447045776536 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "ROSE MEALS" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 21:20:35 -0700
Subject: HELLO MY GOOD FRIEND
Hello my dear,
I strongly believe that this mail must get at you by god's grace, as I do
not know you in person and not quite sure of your current tell/fax number for me
to be sure, but I know how I manage to get this mail address which I used to
However, I am Sister Mrs. Rose Meals and I am working with the nation's
apex bank; accounting unit/telex department Carmax Securities S.L. My aim of
writing is not to know you as I have no interest of knowing you and would not
like to know you unless if needs be.
But I am telling you this based on my believe as person who does not like evil
or cheating and would not like to be called for explanation as a result of this
information I am giving to you below. As a straightforward person, I believe
that any man/woman is my brother/sister according to my believe irrespective of
where you must have come from we are same human being. This information is as
regards to your payment.
Now as I am contacting you, payments are going on to those that are aware of
this information because this information was not gazette to the public
awareness. These exercises have started for sometime now but there are a lot of
pranks some corrupt officials in the Carmax Securities S.L. that diverted your funds to a
bank in Malaysia. From the information, the secretary of probe panel and
verification on contract and next of kin matters and the chairman of the
committee and some other officials summed up with to divert your funds.
This information as a result of my recent departmental research and I called
then to question but they tried to bribe me, but I refused because I am not a
cheat. I have to inform you that your! Funds interest at a tune of
usd$14.1million was transferred into a Malaysian account provided by a fake lawyer
portrayed himself to be your lawyer. I must inform you that the officers
involved are always in communication with you , so you should stop talking with
them and do not tell them that you are waiting for the transfer.
Since we have an evidence at hand, hereby advised you to contact the authorized
security and finance company in london whom are in control of your
payment and the approved lawyer attached to the security and finance company in
the name of Mr. Sullivan James and explain everything to him as your file was
sent to him on the 4th December, 2008 and when contacting the lawyer quote your
file reference number a010-2007 he is the final stone that breaks the camels
My advice to you based on this information is that you should boldly call Mr.
Sullivan James the lawyer at the security and finance company on his direct
telephone number+447045776536 .he is the
person in charge of all the legal clearances for this on-going payment exercise
and ask him that he should help you in making sure your fund is paid to you
immediately and do the changes to move your funds to your original account and
follow his directives.
He might want to know how come you got his direct email, you can tell him
anything (please, don't quote me) but insist that he should help you in
making sure your payment is done, and for more clarification or to ensure him
that you really knows what you are saying quote the following code no:
fgn/pmg/cbn- x342xtw2004 under category 'c'i.e. your code (please this
information is classified).
I believe that at the end of the day, he will ask you to forward your payment
information and bank co-ordinates to him for his processes as he will direct you
properly on how to follow up for your fund to be made to you without further
stress. If you contact him I will know because he must contact my office for
your information -confirmation records. So go ahead and call him now and
don't be afraid of him or anybody, any person apart from him is definitely a
Mrs. Rose Meals.