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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "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.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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: "Mrs. Marina Luda" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 17:49:04 +0300
Subject: GET HELP FROM LAWYER TONI NOW!!!
I am Mrs. Marina Luda; I am a US citizen, 46 years Old. I reside here in New Braunfels Texas. My
residential address is as follows.108 Crockett Court. Apt 303, New Braunfels Texas, United States,
am thinking of relocating since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation
in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $78,000 while in the US,
trying to get my payment all to no avail.
So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, and I was directed to
meet Barrister Tony Gani, who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, and I contacted him
and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake. He
took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the most
happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $10,500,000.00
Moreover,Barrister Tony Gani showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their
payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I
decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only
making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Barrister Tony Gani
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
JOAKIN COMPENSATION HOUSE
Name:Barrister Tony Gani
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that
your fund is with them, it is not in any way with them, they are only taking advantage of you and
they will dry you up until you have nothing. The only money I paid after I met Barrister Tony Gani
was just $250 for the paper works, take note of that.
As soon as you contact him he will send you the payment information which you are to use in
sending the payment to him in order for him to obtain the document from the court of law there in
Nigeria so that your fund can be transfer to you without any delay just the way mine was being
transfer to me. Send him the following details if you know you are ready to make the payment so
that as soon as he receive your information he will send to you the payment details for sending him
the $250USD that is needed for him to get the document that is needed to make the transfer a
successful one without any further payment.
Fill Out the information to him if you are ready to get your fund and also ready to make the
(1) Full Name:................
(2) Current/Valid Residential Address:..........
(3) Nominated Delivery Address:..............
(8) Home Cell Number:.........
(9) Direct Mobile Number:.........
(10)Scan Copy of your Identification..........
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Barrister Tony Gani so
that he can help you to deliver your fund instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning
you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs Marina Luda