fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
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:
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Chief Henry Odein Ajumogobia (SAN) Senior Advocate of Nigeria" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:08:52 -0800
Subject: Update. NEW PAYMENT SCHEME: SEE GUARDIAN NEWS PAPER FRONT PAGE ATTACHMENT
FROM THE DESK OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER OF NIGERIA (FAMN)
Dated: 10 / 02 /2011
In accordance with the memorandum of understanding reached between I and the current President of Nigeria, Dr Good luck Jonathan the New Nigeria President, The World Bank, European Economic Community (EEC), Foreign Debt Clearance Committee (FDCC) and the Senate Committee on Foreign Debt, envoys of our International Correspondence Bank of Settlement worldwide and other International Monetary Institutions. You are one of the Contractors that will benefit from the limited funds from the National Oil Reserve, Approved recently by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and the National House of Assembly to settle all outstanding contract debts as from 1989 to date.
Contractors/Next of Kin Inheritance Beneficiary has been approved to receive their long overdue payment from Mr. Howard Rogers of Citi Bank Foreign Transfer Department the accounting office in London where all Contractors/Next of Kin Inheritance Beneficiary funds as been deposited in your name with the above mentioned Bank in London for immediate access to all accounts.
In respect of the above, it has become mandatory that the Beneficiary shall be indemnified by the New President of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria DR.GOOD LUCK JONHATAN. Note that all CERTIFICATE OF INDEMNITY issued by the Late President Musa Yaradua has been cancelled by the New President Dr. Good luck Jonathan Due to the sacking of Federal ministers.
By the force of this agreement, all beneficiaries should contact the Secretary to the President Mahmud Yayale Ahmed, for the immediate issue of their CERTIFICATE OF INDEMNITY which will be forwarded immediately to the bank by you.
Furthermore, as soon as the Certificate is obtained by the beneficiary which is free of charge, all payment shall be exempted from any government Levies and Duties. Hence forth Beneficiaries will be required to pay any charge until he/she has make contact with the holder of fund/paying bank in London. All departments concerned as been noted.
You are cautioned to stop further transaction with corrupt Nigerian officials home and abroad. In a swift crusade towards the enforcement of your contract debts payment without those problems that characterized the past. You must stop further transaction with the corrupt Nigerian Officials/fraudsters otherwise, you could be charged along with them for criminal activities.
You are required to reconfirm your contract amount, contract number, bank particulars, fax number and Telephone number for your CERTIFICATE OF INDEMNITY to be issued to you immediately which attracts no payment what so ever.
Yours in Service
Office Mobile: +234-7034-780-991
I will wait to hear your response ASAP.
Chief Henry Odein Ajumogobia (SAN) Senior Advocate of Nigeria
FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER OF NIGERIA (FAMN)