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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:
- "contract award committee" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "EFENA ONOME ODAFE" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 10:22:33 +0100
Subject: Tues. 20th April, 2010 - KINDLY RESPOND IMMEDIATELY TO CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST IN THIS PROJECT.
I am EFENA ONOME ODAFE the International Foreign Director Finance with The National Petroleum lnvestment Management Services Company (NAPIMSC), the upstream arm of the NNPC which oversees the Federal Government's Investments in the Joint Venture Producing companies, (JVC's), and a senior key member of the Federal Contract Award Committee Board both to "The NAPIMSC & The NNPC".
I do have an urgent need for a trust worthy foreign contact person with whom I can carry out a successful financial transaction that involves US$85.050 Million for all our mutual benefit (my side & your side). This financial transaction that involves US$85.050 Million which documentations will be processed for approval to secure A MOBILE TELEPHONY BANKING ACCOUNT SYSTEM that will enable you to transfer the said amount from the Comfort Of Your home through your home or mobile telephone to other accounts within or outside your Country for DIRECT CREDITING AND WITHDRAWALS. In this regard, I want you to immediately send to me the below stated information that will enable me through an Attorney over here to process the documentations to secure the approvals to SET UP A MOBILE TELEPHONY BANKING ACCOUNT SYSTEM in your name on your behalf with one of the Federal Government Off - Shore Bankers in Europe or The United States Of America. The information needed to process the documenta!
tions to secure the approvals that
1. Your Complete Full Names:-
2. Your Home Contact Address:-
3. Your Company's Name:-
4. Your Company's Address:-
5. Your Direct Cell & Home Telephone Numbers:-
6. Your Position In Your Company:-
7. Your Age:-
8. Any form of identification of your person either your "DRIVER'S LICENCE OR YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT". This should be scanned and be emailed to me by email attachment.
After the above information is fully received from you, I will implore the legal Services of an Attorney over here to represent you on behalf of your Company in your name. He will get your Company's name properly registered as one of the contractors to NAPIMSC as the beneficiary of the above mentioned amount who has already been awarded the contract and also executed it. All documentations will be LEGALLY PROCESSED in your name on your behalf through the Attorney over here. The processed documents in your name on your behalf by the Attorney will be submitted to the concerned authorities for the IMMEDIATE LEGAL OFFICIAL APPROVAL FOR THE SETTING UP OF THE MOBILE TELEPHONY BANKING ACCOUNT SYSTEM in your name.
The sharing pattern is as follows:- YOU SHALL BE GIVEN 20% OF THE TOTAL SUM AS YOUR PERSONAL SHARE, 5% WILL BE SET ASIDE TO OFF - SET ALL TAXATION AND MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES INCURRED DURING THE TRANSACTING PERIOD AND 30% WILL BE FOR MY SIDE AND THE REMAINING 45% WILL BE INVESTED IN A PROFITABLE BUSINESS IN YOUR COUNTRY ON ALL OUR BEHALF UPON MY ARRIVAL IN YOUR COUNTRY. However, be rest assured that no risk is involved or scandal of any kind in the future for I have done all my home work very well. NOBODY WILL BE HUNT OR HURT BY THE LAW EITHER DURING OR AFTER THIS TRANSACTION IS FULLY COMPLETED.
Meanwhile, I look forward to establishing a life long business relationship with you, PLEASE DO RESPOND IMMEDIATELY TO CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST IN THIS PROJECT.
EFENA ONOME ODAFE.