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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:
- "required fee " (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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: "Mr. John Adeniran" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:49:01 -0400
Subject: Unpaid Beneficiary,
It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the
tune of $1million due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who
almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some
individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to
swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and
unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund.
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations
and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate
to the current president of Nigeria his Excellency President Goodluck
Jonathan to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to
you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to
have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the
Now how would you like to receive your payment? wired bank transfer or
by ATM card?ATM Card: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM
card which you will use to withdraw up to $10,000 per day from any ATM
machine that has the Master Card Logo on it.
Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your
bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to
enlighten you about how to use it. Your payment would be sent to you
via any of your preferred option.
To effect the release of your fund valued at $1million you are advised
to contact the director of payment Mr. Rev Bode Thomas with the
On contacting him do provide him with the following in formations:
Your full Name...............
Preferred Payment Method (ATM/wired bank transfer/home cash
This morning our local time i sent a fax to the office of the vice
president Mr. Namadi Sambo who issued a mandate to compensate scam
victim like you through your prefered method of payment that will be
shipped to you alongside the documents to back them up, the fax i sent
to him was to let him know, who will be responsible for the Insurance
document and Federal tax document on his response to me through same
fax he said he will talk to the president to send signal to the
ministry offices where this documents are procured.
Mr John Adeniran who directed you to me confirm to me that the
procurement of the two vital document fee should be your only role. At
this time confirmation from the ministry in charge for the preparation
of the documents will cost you $100 that is $50 to Federal tax
document while $50 to get Insurance certificate document accumulated
sum charges for both is now $100.
You are therefore advice not to toy with this developments as a
mandate was also issued to terminate the fund immediately if you fail
to claim your fund soonest. I have done my best as a clergy drafted
newly to this position to assist people like you the rest is left for
you. urgent response will enable me forge ahead towards the onwards
delivery of your payment to your residential address.
Get back to me today so i can let you know the method of how you can
send the $100 fee to enable the procurement of the back up documents
against any further future stoppage from your country's government
when it arrive your airport. No one is charging you for the shipment
fee that has been taken care of by the government so you do not need
to pay for it. the required fee of $100 is the only fee you are paying
and that's all no money of any kind will be requested from you.
Terms and condition
Do you agree to make the $100 fee available for me to get the documents?
That all transaction should be kept secret untill after payment?
I await your response to this email so we forge ahead with your
Thanks and God bless.
Mr. John Adeniran Federal Bureau of Investigation
CC: National Central Bureau of Interpol
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