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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:
- ",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)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: lamido sanusi <email@example.com>
Reply-To: lamido sanusi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:49:17 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Thanks For your Past Efforts Your Compensation Ready
Thanks For your Past Efforts Your Compensation Ready
Please accept my apology for not contacting you earlier before now due to my tight schedules. I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that moneyÂ Â under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay; Presently I'm in franceÂ with the partners for some new projects with the
Contact Reverend Father.in Lagos state, federal Republic of Nigeria, because I have left the instruction with him on your behalf and instructed him where to send the $5,000,000.00. without any further delay for your compensation.
Name:Rev Fr. Pedro Agboli
Address:St Jude Catholic Church Oshodi Lagos state
Remember that the $5,000,000.00. Is in draft, not cash, so you need to send to him your full Information where the draft/check will be posted/delivered. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much so feel free to get in touched with him.
As at the time I was leaving Nigeria he was the only one I could trust with that kind of money,he is a very simple and understanding person with a good reputation.His name is Rev.Father Pedro Agboli. Email:(email@example.com)
NOTE:BELLOW IS THE REQUIRED INFORMATION YOU WILL SEND TO HIM.
(1) Your Full Name: Â
(2) Your House Address:
(3) Telephone Â
(4) Occupation:Â Â
(5)Drivers License copy of Id:
So feel free to get in touch with him and discuss with him on how the amount will reach you. Please do let me know immediately you contact him to receive it, so thatÂ we can share the joy after all the suffering at that time.
As at the moment, I am very busy here because of the projects which I and the new partner have at hand. Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the Reverend on your behalf to receive that money, so you have to get in touch with him and he will send the amount to you without any delay.
Here is the email address again(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr Lamido Sanusi Lamido