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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:
- "million 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)
- "utmost confidentiality" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: SENATOR OGOLA FOSTER <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2016 16:56:10 +0100
Subject: HIGHLY CLASSIFIED AND URGENT,FROM SENATOR FOSTER
Having obtained your contact after a critical search for a reliable and trustworthy person I then decided to contact and solicit your assistance for our mutual interest. I am Mr.Ogola Foster, the former
Special assistant (SA) on Domestic Matters to the former President Goodluck Jonathan,but currently, I am a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Since President Goodluck Jonathan,lost
the 2015 general election in Nigeria to the opposition candidate,Mohammadu Buhari and the subsequent assumption of office by Mohammadu Buhari,now the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,it has een a sort of hell to people that worked closely with former president Goodluck Jonathan.
His former National security adviser,his chief security officer,his aide-de-camp (ADC),his interior minister etc have all been arrested on allegation of phantom public fund embezzlement. President Mohammadu Buhari is determined to portray all the good work of former president Goodluck Jonathan in a bad light and has gone as far as illegally confiscating the arrested people's properties, freezing their accounts both within and outside Nigeria. As I am writing this letter to you, the wife to Goodluck Jonathan is undergoing intensive investigations from the president Buhari led government. All these measures taken by President Mohammadu Buhari led Government is just to create impression to the international community that he is fighting corruption and thereby gaining international recognition.
As a former Special assistant (SA) on Domestic Matters to the former President Goodluck Jonathan,I was so close to him that he confided a lot in me while in office. He had sent me on errands on highly classified matters. On one of such occasions he sent me to Benin Republic, a close neighboring country where I made for him a "numbered
bank account" Deposit, valued at US$50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million Dollars) only.
In view of the current persecution from the President Mohammadu Buhari led Government,former president Goodluck Jonathan called me yesterday and asked me to act quickly to move the $50M from the bank in Benin
Republic to safety,hence this communication to you for your assistance and co-operation to use your name and particulars to re-profile the bank account after which it will be conveniently moved to your bank
account in your country for investment. Your name and particulars are now needed because the Constitution has bared me as a serving senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from having and /or operating a Foreign bank account.
For your assistance and co-operations,in these matters, we would be willing to offer to you upon negotiations an agreeable percentage of the total sum and on the profit accruing from the net investment. I
crave your indulgence to treat this communication with utmost confidentiality, dispatch and seriousness and I trust that this will be the beginning of a long life viable relationship . Do reply to me exclusively through this email: ( email@example.com ) for us to discuss on the modalities.
Senator Ogola Foster.
Phone:+234 7015 721 279