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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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: Dr Nanna Luis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 04:07:52 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Contact Mr Nelson Duke for your Bank Draft
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It is my pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful
attempt on our business transaction. Well, I just want to use this medium to
thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving the
funds, without any positive outcome.
I am obliged to inform you that I
have succeeded in moved the funds with the help of a new partner from India Mr.
Kumar Raji. Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of
the Lady Accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance(FMF),and she
rendered a tremendous help to us.
My new partner initiated this idea
and everything worked out successfully.In appreciation of your earlier
assistance to me in receiving the funds, I have decided to compensate you with
the sum of $1,930,000.00 (One Million Nine Hundred and thirty Thousand United
States Dollars) in a Bank Draft. This is from my own share.
I did this
simply to show appreciation to you for your kind support and assistance even
though we could not succeed due to some unforseen circumstances and reason.
Presently,I am in India for Treatment with my own share under the advice of my
partner.Meanwhile,I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring this funds despite the fact that we could not succeed.
will be sending you e-mail from time to time to know if you have received your
share or not. In the light of the above, you are therefore, to contact the
delivery courier, where i keep the Bank Draft for delivery,send to them your
Full name...Postal address..., phone numbers... where you want the Bank Draft to
The company address:
TNT Courier Express Benin
Phone +229 99 85 73 20
Contact Person Mr
Nelson F. Duke
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share
the joy together after all the suffering at that time. In the moment, I am very
busy here in India because of the investment projects and my treatment for the
cancer, which the new partner and I are having at hand. So feel free to get in
touch with him to send the Draft to you without any delay.
With My Best
Rev: Dr Nanna Lusi