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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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: "Amb. Hassan Tukur" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2014 16:27:58 +0100
Subject: OIL BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
Re: USD21.7 MILLION TRANSACTION
We're of the Crude Oil / GAS Marketing Division (COMD) of Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and we're brokering an Investment deal in your country on behalf of our President. This deal will involve the immediate transfer of US$21,700.000 to apply for an OPL (Oil Prospecting License, BLCO/LPFO Allocation available at best Brent price), it will be a continuous excise. We are by this letter offering you a partnership, so as to allow us have you as representative and proxy to receive these funds genuinely in your country.
Since we can not determine if this email is still functional and also your willingness, we have kept this proposal brief. If you are Interested in this offer of partnership, You are required as a matter of urgency to furnish the following information;
(5) Banking Details;
We are interested in Oil & Gas business and other business you may likely advice? Please reply ASAP.
Amb. Hassan Tukur (OFR).
Principal Secretary to the President.
This email may contain information which is privileged and confidential. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately, All information remains absolutely confidential