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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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)
- ",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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Hotmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Prince Eboh Igboze <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 08:12:12 -0700
Subject: I need your assistance.
FROM: Prince Eboh Igboze
In appreciation of your esteemed contact through the ministry of commerce and industry , I wish to introduce myself. I am Prince Eboh Igboze the only child of His Royal Majesty, Igboze Orhoro, Orodje 1,JP and the traditional ruler of Delta Province in the oil Region, Niger Delta of Nigeria. I am making this contact to you in respect of $65,000,000.00 U.S Dollars which I inherited from my late father. This fund was accumulated from royalties aid to my father as compensation by the oil firms located in our area as a result of oil presence on our land which hamper
agriculture which is our major source of livelihood.
Unfortunately my father died from protracted diabetes. But before his death he called my attention and informed me that he lodged some funds with a security firm and Security Code Number was also revealed to me, he then advised me to look for a reliable business partner abroad, who will assist me in investing the fund in a lucrative business as a result of economic instability in Nigeria. So this is the main reason why I am contacting you for us to move this
fund from the security firm to any country of your choice for investment purposes. So I will like you to be the person taking delivery, so that the funds can be moved in your name and particulars to any country of your choice where it will be claimed and invested.
Hence my father have had intimated the security firm personnel that the owner of the consignment is his foreign partner whose particulars will be forwarded to the firm when due. But I will guide you accordingly. As soon as the fund reaches, I will then come over to meet you in person, so that we can discuss physically on Investment entails. Based on this instance I and my family have unanimously decided to give you 25% of the total funds, 5% for charity homes and 3% for expenses, which may arise during the transaction, fax and phone bills inclusive. The
balance of 67% will be invest and manage for my family. I hereby guarantee you that this is not government funds,
Nevertheless if you are for any reason not interested, kindly inform me immediately so that I will look for another contact.
I am waiting for your quick response.
THANKS FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED CO-OPERATION.
Prince Eboh Igboze
Private email address: firstname.lastname@example.org