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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:
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Peterson Tony" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Mr.Peterson Tony" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:25:13 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: CONTACT ME AT THIS E-mail:email@example.com
>From The Desk of Mr.Peterson Tony,
General Manager, Cbn,security & Sec. Services.
I am Mr.Peterson Tony, General manager to the CBN Finance,security & Sec. Services .This note was taken in my office where I was serving verification documents to some White men Mr .David Evans and Mr.Willams Paul who stormed in my office inÂ company of Mr.Musa Joseph(on white African attire) The black man (Mr.Musa Joseph ) claimed to be your representative and the supervisory Engineer that supervised and LascoÂ security& Sec. ServicesÂ because of their inability to have paid at the agreed time.
They said that you were dead and before your death, you appointed them as the next of kin to your contract fund presently under our custody now, these two white men and the black gentleman quickly applied that your Inherited fund should be presented to them at the spot.
The Official responsible for the presentation of consignment quickly granted approvals to their application and packaged the fund for them to go with it, When the Lasco security, company & Sec. Services Debit Note was submitted to my desk for final Approvals before forwarding it to them for endorsement,I noticed that there are discrepancies as there was no evidence of authorization letter from you for the change of beneficiary
I urgently summoned The Official responsible for the presentation of the consignment and directed him to stop the movement of the funds and at the same time placed a stop order instruction on the funds pending when your views and comments are received with regards to this matter.
Please study the attached photograph and respond to me urgently for your comments which will be highly appreciated, but we will not hesitate to continue the payment transmission to them if no response comes from you.
Immediately as your silence will be a clear indication that you authorized them to effect the above changes.
CBN Finance And Security Company
CONTACT ME AT THISÂ E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ