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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:
- "executive governor" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:41:32 +0100
Subject: I NEED AN IDEA ON HOW TO INVEST IN YOUR COUNTRY......
How are you today?
I am Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha the former Governor of Bayelsa State of Nigeria. I wish to discuss a business with you based on safeguarding my funds into your bank account for investment in your country. This deal will be highly private with both of us for my security reasons because I was accused by my Government over an allege money-laundering in London.
The problem was caused by a Brazilian partner whom I intended to transfer an amount of $120Million USD but later I discovered that he wanted to divert my money with some people I don't know, so I reacted and they alerted the Metropolitan police who arrested me at the Heath-row Airport with the amount of $80 Million USD in cash because he knew that the cash is with me at the airport, However after the event in London, I was arrested in Nigeria impeached as an Executive Governor and jailed since 2005, but I was released in 2008 by the new president of Nigeria Alhaji, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua who is a very good friend of mine.
Since my release in 2008, I haven't don any business because I was busy taking care of my health and addressing some political and family issues but now I have decided to move my funds $80,Million USD deposited in cash in the vaults of security company. I extend an arm of business with you in believe and trust that you will never let me down neither in the future. I will give you the full details of my plan upon the receipt of your response showing your honest interest to co-operate with me and follow all my instruction.
Looking forward to hear from you soon.
Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha