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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- 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.
- 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 (Yahoo, Philippines, Philippines; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- number……….. contact person: peter orji email address: firstname.lastname@example.org tel no : 2348020999313 please do let me know (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Rev Dr Chima Beko <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 00:13:41 -0700
Subject: YOUR COMPENSATION
It's been long I heard from you. Well, I just want to use this medium
to thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in
receiving the funds, without any positive outcome. I am obliged to
inform you that I have succeeded in receiving
the funds with the help of a new partner from Uk.
Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the
men accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF)
and her endered a tremendous help to us. My new partner initiated this
idea and everything worked out successfully.
Therefore, in appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in
receiving the Funds, I have decided to compensate you with the sum of
$850.000.00 (Eight hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars)
this is from my own share, I did this simply to
show you that it is good to do good things to the right people
always.Presently, I am in London Uk for investment project with my
own share under the advice of my partner. Meanwhile, I didn't forget
your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those
funds despite that it failed us somehow, I will be sending you e-mail
from time to time to know if you have received your share or not.
Now contact my personal secretary I left the check with him, do
furnish him with your full contact details such as thus:
(1) Full names
(2) house address
(3) Telephone/fax number
CONTACT PERSON: PETER ORJI
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel No : 2348020999313
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share
the joy together after all the effort at that time. In the moment, I
am very busy here in Uk because of the investment projects, which the
new partner and I have at hand. So feel free to get in touch with Mr
PETER ORJI to send the check to you without any delay.
Rev Dr Chima Beko