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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: Senate Senate Ng <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Senate Senate Ng <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:47:45 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: NOTFICATION OF BEQUEST..
MY NAME IS DR.ANTHONY EZE.Â THE ACCOUNTANTÂ OF THE SENATE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEWLY INAUGURATED FOREIGN BENEFICIARIES PAYMENT COMMITTEE OF NIGERIA. THE COMMITTEE IS SET UP BY THE HOUSE OF REPS THE SENATE AND THE FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF NIGERIA. THE COMMITTEE COMPRISES OF TEN HIGHLY REPUTABLE MEMBERS.FROM ALL WORKS OF LIFE.
OUR DUTY IS TO PAY THE SHORT LISTED BENEFICIARIES WHOSE CASE HAS BEEN INVESTIGATED BY THIS COMMITTEE. YOU ARE HEREBY INFORMED THAT YOU ARE LISTED TO BE PAID YOUR ENTITLEMENT AS APPROVED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE APOLOGIZE TO YOU FOR THE ILL TREATMENT GIVEN TO YOU BY HOODLUMS WHO ARE GIVING THIS GREAT NATIONÂ A BAD NAME. SO YOU MUST PUT YOUR PAST BEHIND YOU AND FORGE AHEAD. BECAUSE THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE TO BE GIVENÂ TO BENEFICIARIES TO CLAIM THEIR FUNDS LEGALLY
THIS FUND TRANSFER WILL COMMENCE HERE IN NIGERIA.I WILL BE SPEAKING WITH YOU FROM NIGERIA. THEN IÂ WILL LATER PROCEEDÂ TO NEW YORK TO THE UNITED NATION OFFICEÂ TO GET YOUR FUND CLEARED BECAUSE OF THE SIZE OF THE FUND UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW MUST BE CLEAREDÂ AT THE UNITED NATION. UPON MY ARRIVAL IN NEW YORK I WILL ALSO SPEAK WITH YOU FROM U S AÂ DIRECT FROM UNITED NATION HEAD QUARTERS. SO THE ISSUE OF THIS FUND WILL TAKE ME TO UNITED NATIONS IN NEW YORK.AND DURING THE CLEARANCE EXERCISE I WILL CALL BY PHONE FROM THE UNITED NATION OFFICE IN NEW YORK.
THIS PAYMENT EXERCISE IS PLANNED SUCH THAT THEIR WILL BE NO MORE LOOP HOLES AS WAS THE CASE IN THE PAST WHERE CRIMINAL MINDED GOVERNMENT OFFICIALÂ STEAL FROM YOU BENEFICIARIES. . YOU ARE HEREBY REQUESTED TO FORWARD THE FOLLOWING HERE. SO THAT WE ENSURE IT IS THE SAME WITHÂ THE INFORMATION WE HAVE HERE.
1, YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS
2, YOUR VALID PHONE NUMBER
3 YOURÂ SEX AND OCCUPATION
PLEASE ENSURE THAT WHAT YOU SEND IS THE SAME WITH WHAT WE HAVE HERE. AS FALSE INFORMATION WILL BE TREATED AS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE. HELP TO SANITIZE NIGERIA YOU ARE ALSO ADVISED TOÂ ASK QUESTIONS WHEN YOU ARE CONFUSED. I AWAIT YOUR QUICK RESPONSE IMMEDIATELY.Â PUT YOUR PAST BEHIND YOU AND EMBRACE HAPPINESS
DR. ANTHONY EZE