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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "department of mineral resources" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "George Owen" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 06:31:34 +0200
Subject: A CALL TO SERVE!!!
A call to serve!!!(Confirm it, Please don't ignore it)
From: Engineer George L. Owen,
Subject: Urgent Transfer of US$35million
Good Day Pls Reply,
I am Engr. George Owen, Director of Project, Federal Department of Mineral's and Energy located in Abuja.I am making this contact with you based on the committee need for an individual/company who is willing to assist us with a solution to a money transfer.I am recently in Port Harcourt for official assignments,moreover you must assure me that you will be faithful loyal and honest to participate in this partnership legitimate opportunity.
This amount US$35,000,000.00(Thirty Five million , U.S Dollars) represents the balance of the total contract Value Executed on behalf of Department of mineral resources and Energy by a foreign contracting firm,which I over-invoiced in-deliberately, of which the actual sum has been paid.
Should you be willing to assist us in this transaction? Your share of the sum will be 30% of the US$35m,65.% for me and 5% for taxation and miscellaneous expenses. The deposit is kept secretly in Victoria Island, you got more to gain and nothing to loose.I have decided to make you the beneficiary of this contract fund.
To enable us commence, please provide your recent personal telephone/fax number .I will pay all fees involve in this transaction,This deal is private and confidential, Your urgent response is required for this legit business. Contact me through my private Email Address.
Until I hear from you soon unfailingly. I am pleased to reach you .Take this contract from me,This business is easy and safe ,I don't want to loose my achievement, Kindly reply on time.Any delay on your reply will give room in sourcing for another
person / organization for this same purpose.
Engineer George L.Owen