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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:
- "commission of 10%" (Beware of any scheme that involves depositing checks or money orders or receiving wire transfers in your bank account and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere, for a percentage of 5-15% of the total. Such offers are *always* fraudulent and you will be liable for the entire amount when the checks, money orders or wire transfers turn out to be fraudulent. Any money already forwarded comes out of *your* pocket then. )
- "(ecowas)" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "ecowas " (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "liberia" (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.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Koroma" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 04:06:33 -0700
Subject: REQUEST FOR PATNERSHIP IN CONTRACT EXECUTION..
REQUEST FOR PATNERSHIP IN CONTRACT EXECUTION
I am Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, a staff of the secretariat of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Lome, Togo.
ECOWAS is awarding contracts involving the supply of Rice Cloths and Beverages for victims of drought in Niger republic and displaced refugee from the Liberian, Sierra-Leone and Ivory Coast conflicts. The quantity of rice required is 250 metric tones (about 50 000 bags of rice) and the quantity of used cloths: 37 metric tones of shirts, trousers etc.
The statutes do not permit a staff of ECOWAS, to participate in contract bids and execution in other to avoid the abuse of due process and corporate Governance. So I decided to look for a reputable individual or company , who would secure the bid for the contract and give me a commission of 10% of the profit for providing inside information for a successful bid.
The beauty of the ECOWAS contracts is that,
1. The contracts are very lucrative because they are usually awarded at about 10 times the prevalent market value.
2. Once you are successful in the bid, 75% of the total contract sum is paid upfront as mobilization. Thus the contract does not necessarily require ownership of a big company; all that is required is your ability to convince the ECOWAS consultants of your integrity, reliability and competence in the execution.
If by any chance you are not predisposed to do this job after we have secured a bid, I can assist you reaward the contract with about 10% of the mobilization upfront that will be paid to you.
Indicate your interest by email:(firstname.lastname@example.org)or call me on ,So that we may reach an agreement and get started.
This is golden opportunity.
THANKS AND BEST REGARDS
Dr Ernest Bai Koroma