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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:
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "DR WILLIAMS EGO" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 01:42:08 +0100
Subject: OVER DUE CONTRACT PAYMENT TRANSFER ADVISE IN YOUR FAVOR
OVER DUE CONTRACT PAYMENT TRANSFER ADVISE IN YOUR FAVOR
With all due respect,this is to notify you of a new order on the release of your contract fund payment held in the Second meeting on 27th February 2012 by the Federal executive members of the Federal Government of Nigeria,The Senate commission on debt management and contract review payment,and office of the Accountant General of the federation.
prior to this proceeding anomalies,we have been mandated by the senior economic adviser to the president under the auspices of the Accountant General of the federation,to transfer the sum of US$10.550,000 into the federal Government reserved account,in your contract name:NNPCLNG900 with contract number RC445626-355808
On this note,i will not hesitate as we are under mandate to ensure that your fund is transferred immediately without further delay to your bank account.
In respect of this as we have already programmed your fund to be transferred as soon as we hear from you. Please confirm very urgently to enable me process the transfer logistics,immediately. Hence it has already been programmed, pending on your response to the above information.
Please note that your urgent attention in this respect will be highly appreciated as it will help us to clear this subject matter at the earliest time and get your proceed transferred immediately as instructed.
Nevertheless,i will assist you with all the required documents,whereas you will settle me with 20% of the contract fund when finally transfered into your Bank account and if there is any further delay from you,will amount in the cancellation of your contract number and makes the account unservicable.and bear it that this office will not be held liable for any wrongful transfer thereafter.Assuredly,this transaction will be legitimately certified by the Debt Management Office and the auditor General Of Federation.
Finally,you are advised to forward the following Details to me, your valid telephone and fax numbers, copy or your passport, Account where you wish to recieve the fund to me, for your easy access to the Federal Government Reserved Bank Account.
I hope this meets your due response.
Dr Ego Williams Esq
For:Foreign Remittance Office(FRO),
Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja .