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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "huge sum of money" (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)
- "to your nominated bank account" (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)
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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)
- "utmost confidentiality" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "very confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "DR JORDA DOMINIQUE" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:06:30 -0800
Subject: BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
DR. JORDAN DOMINIQUE.
REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP TRANSFER OF US$45, 500,000.00
I am Dr. (JORDAN DOMINIQUE). a director in the project and planning department of the ANGOLA National Petroleum Corporation (ANPC), I head a seven man Tenders Board Committee in charge of contract award and Payment approvals. I came to know you in my search for a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential transaction, which involves the transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign account. There were series of contracts executed by a consortium of Multinationals in the oil industry in favor of the (ANPC) among which were;
1) The expansion of Pipeline network within (ANGOLA )for crude oil and downstream products distribution and subsequent evacuation - US$2 Billion.
2) Contract for Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of various Refineries in the country.
3) The construction of Storage Tanks for Petroleum Product (Depots)-US$94 Million.
The original value of these contracts were deliberately over invoiced in the sum of Forty Five million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars US$45, 500,000.00) which has recently been approved and now ready to be transferred through Santander Global Finance BANK to your nominated bank account number in your country. However the companies that actually executed the contract have been fully paid and the projects officially commissioned. Consequently, my colleagues and I are willing to transfer the total amount into your account for subsequent disbursement, since we as civil servants are prohibited by the Code of Conduct Bureau (Civil Service Laws) from opening and/or operating foreign accounts in our names.
Needless to say, the trust reposed in you at this juncture is enormous. In return, we have agreed among ourselves to offer you 20% of the transferred sum, 5% shall be set aside for any incidental expenses during the course of this transaction, you will then be mandated to revert the balance to us in due course. You must however NOTE: that this transaction is subject to the following terms and conditions; our conviction of your transparent honesty and diligence, that you must accord this transaction with utmost confidentiality and secrecy.
Modalities have been worked out at the highest levels of the Ministry of Finance, Central Bank of ANGOLA and the Presidential Task Force on Contract Payment for the immediate remittance of the funds within 10 - 14 working days from today subject to your satisfaction of the above terms. Our assurance is that your role shall be totally risk free. To accord this transaction the legality it deserves, and for mutual security of funds, the whole procedures shall be legally processed with your name or any company you may nominate as the final beneficiary. Once more, I want you to understand that having put in over 20 years in the Civil Service of my country, I am very much averse to having my image and career dented. This matter should therefore be treated with utmost secrecy and urgency. Kindly expedite immediate action as we are well behind schedule to enable us conclude this transfer in the second batch of the 2014 fiscal year contract payments. as you can
see we do not have any time to waste as the year is about to finish. Consequent upon your acceptance of this proposal, kindly confirm your interest by Telephone to me, through my Direct Tel No: + 233266204588 or send me your reply to my email:firstname.lastname@example.org Immediately Note: due to the urgency of these business i have decided to come down to (GHANA) for security reason until the deal is over this is why i give you my private phone number.
DR JORDA DOMINIQUE