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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:
- "accredited attorney" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "H. E.Sudirman Haseng" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 17:57:15 -0400
Subject: Dear Indonesian Citizen...
From:H. E. Sudirman Hasengn
Indonesia Embassy/High Commission/Consulate For Nigeria
Office : Embassy
Street Address : 4, Salt Lake street, Off Gana Street, Maitama
City : Abuja FCT
State : Abuja
Email:(Office) : firstname.lastname@example.org
Email:( Private): email@example.com
Dear Indonesian Citizen,
It is my humbly pleasure to inform you that your transfer problem has taken a u-turn in your favour. We the members of the Indonesia Embassy/High Commission/Consulate For Nigeria have been informed of your predicament by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Director Mr. John Lipsky who is now in Nigeria and I the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, have personally met with President Goodluck Jonathan the Emir of Kano, the Finance Minister of Nigeria and the Federal Government of Nigeria Foreign Financial Director ( Ahjaji Tukur Ahmad) regarding your case.
Please take note that I am not supposed to write to you directly about this but after considering all that you have passed through in the hands of the criminals as explained by Mr. John Lipsky, I want to make sure you don't fall victim of any kind again so I talked to President Goodluck Jonathan and he immediately endorsed the release of payment of $8.9M to you by Cash which must be delivered to you by myself.
Right now, I have concluded every arrangement to come to Indonesia on Thursday next week with your fund Cash as approved by President Goodluck Jonathan, the emir of Kano and the Senate. After that, What you are required to do now, is to come to Nigeria so that you can endorse all the necessary fund documents to prove that this money has been paid to you by the Federal Government of Nigeria. But if you cannot come, the Indonesian accredited attorney can help you but you must pay for his services and the procurement of some missing documents in your payment file which shall enable me make delivery of the fund to you without any hitch.
I shall be coming to Indonesia on Thursday with your fund so get prepared to meet with me at the airport because I have no time.
NOTE: ATTACHED WITH THIS MESSAGE ARE PICTURES OF:
(1) my meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan
(2) My meeting with the emire of Kano and cabinets
(3) My meeting with Ahjaji Tukur Ahmad
H. E.Sudirman Haseng,
Indonesian Ambassador To Nigeria.