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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr Kingsley" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:44:11 +0100
Subject: Good News(The Truth Of The Matter)
I wish to inform you that all matters relating to the release of this payment is now under my control and supervision.This development has become necessary due to the activities of unpatriotic government cbn officials and imposters who keep on frustrating every effort to our clients by making request for unauthorized fees and levies from them.
We sincerely apologize for any delay you might have encountered in the past,your payment is now %100 guaranteed.
I am Dr.Kingsley.c.moghalu the deputy governor cbn.I was mandated by the president federal republic in conjunction with the executive council(fec) the senate committee on foreign debts reconciliation and implementation panel on contract/inheritance/compensation funds to complete all unpaid contract?inheritance/lottery funds.You are required to get back to me urgently with your information including your full name,phone number,country and address for verification and immediate payment within 24 hours.
To this effect the sum of $5.7m usd has been approved for you.kindly get back to me so that we can proceed immediately to your payment.
Dr Kingsley Moghalu
Deputy Governor CBN.