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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united state 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)
- ",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)
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- 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.
- 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 (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Sanusi Lamido Sanusi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:44:20 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: THE FORMAL CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR OF NIGERIA
I am Dr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
THE FORMAL CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR OF NIGERIA
I am making this contact to you based on the need for an individual or company who is willing to assist me with a solution to a money transfer or invest this fund on his/here Country.First and foremost, I apologize for using this medium to reach you for a transaction/business of this magnitude, but this is due to Confidentiality and prompt access reposed on this medium. In unfolding this proposal, I want to count on you, as a respected and honest person to handle this transaction with sincerity, trust and confidentiality.I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described hereunder for the benefit of all parties and hope you will keep it as a top secret because of the nature of this transaction.
Due to my tenure in office has end as CENTRAL BANKÂ GOVERNOR OF NIGERIAÂ AND NOW I AMÂ EMIR OF KANO STATE OF NIGERIA(A MUSLIM MAN NAME DR SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI.
i have to carry out this money out of my country Nigeria to foreign land which is oversea becauseÂ my tenureÂ have end as central bank governor of Nigeria.The money i will transfer is amount of (Fifty Million United State Dollars($50,000,000.00) I want us to first transfer ($20,000,000.00)Twenty million united State Dollars from this money into your overseas account before the rest and this is to avoid any breach of law to both Countries. I am seeking your assistance as a foreigner,I have reposed confidence in you and hope that you will not disappoint me.And this is 100% risk free. Kindly notify me by sending your secured mobile.phone, private-E-mail and fax numbers for further details upon your acceptance of this proposal.If you accept this offer,in sharing you will have 40% and i will get 60%.
Thanks for your understanding.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT ME THROUGH EMAIL ALSO FEEL FREE TO CALL.
Email me through this email
number +234 708 333 5053Â Â Â Â Â orÂ Â Â Â Â +234 818 160 2585
Dr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.