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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- ",000,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Chukwuma C. Soludo" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 02:46:39 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: THANKS FOR YOUR PAST EFFORT
HELLO MY FRIEND,
Please accept my apology for not contacting you earlier before now due to my tight schedules. I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that money under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay Presently I'm in Hong Kong with the partners for some projects with the money.
Contact my Barrister in logos state, federal Republic of Nigeria, because I have left the whole instruction to him on your behalf and instructed him where to send the $5,000,000.00. Without any further delay for your compensation.
Remember that the $5,000,000.00. Is in draft, not cash, so you need to send to him youâre full Information where the draft/check will be posted/delivered. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much.
So feel free to get in touched with my Barrister. His name is Barrister James Ukwe Email :( email@example.com) NB: NOTE: BELLOW IS THE REQUIRED INFORMATIONS YOU WILL SEND TO MY BARRISTER: -
(1) YOUR FULL NAMES
(2) YOUR HOUSE ADDRESS
(3) YOUR DIRECT CELPHONE NUMBER AND HOUSE PHONE WITH FAX IF ANY.
So feel free to get in touch with Barrister James Ukwe and discuss with him how the amount will reach you. Please do let me know immediately you contact her to receive it so that we can share the joy after all the suffer ness at that time.
As at moment, I am very busy here because of the projects, which the new partner and I have at hand. Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my Barrister on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with him and he will send the amount to you without any delay.
Here is him email address again ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Prof. Chukwuma C. Soludo