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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:
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- 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: "NKANGA" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:54:00 +0200
Subject: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
Its my pleasure to reach you out on this platform, I am Mr. Idongesit Nkanga.
I was the campaign director and a full member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)and a member President Good luck Ebele Jonathan campaign committee, during the March 28 and April 11 elections, the President disbursed a large sum of money meant for his campaign.
Now that the president has lost election to his opposition All Progressives Congress, Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari, Jonathan , has set up a investigation to get those with the funds to return them, close aides and special advisers to make refunds.
Some of the officials, coordinators used campaign funds to buy very expensive properties, especially in Abuja, and luxury cars, but I want to use my own share of the funds to invest in a profitable business outside Nigeria, were charged with the disbursement of funds, but it would be difficult to retrieve all the funds in question.
The only problem with such monies is that there is no receipt to show that we collected money. The sad part is that almost all of us performed woefully.
The President is not happy with us, we all went on properties and car-shopping. This was the most expensive election in the history of this country, yet there was no result.
"The sad part was that even after the President lost on March 28, more money was given to all of them to make up for the dismal outing by winning their states during the April 11 elections. But that turned out to be a bad decision because apart from losing the governorship election, we didn't perform well in the other elections.
Please understand me, I am saying that the sum of $50Million was shared to me from the total sum of $250M.
Please If you are interested to partnership with me, please hurry get back to me, so that we can start action. If you are interested in working with me contact me through my private email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Your earlier response will be highly appreciated.
Mr. Idongesit Nkanga