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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:
- "my names are " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Diezani Alison-Madueke (Mrs)" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 08:24:22 +0300
Subject: God will bless you.
My names are Diezani Alison-Madueke (Mrs), I was the petroleum minister
under the President Goodluck Jonathan Administration, I was formally the
minister for transportation from 26th July 2007 then moved to
the ministries of mines and steels development in 2008 as minister, I was
also appointed as the minister for petroleum. Presently, I
have moved out of Nigeria to an unknown destination for security reasons
and precautions from the new government in Nigeria.
Our former political party the PDP have lost the presidential seat to the
opposition party and also we lost almost 70% of the senate
seat. There have been so many rumors about me home and abroad from other
political parties because of my financial capacity and also
because I was the first female president of OPEC.I am writing this short
letter to person, persons or groups I can trust
with some of my funds which I have with an investment company.
The total amount I have with the investment company without return on
investment or profit is seven hundred and eighteen million
(700,018,000.00) USD. Am taking the funds out of the investment company
because I received a top class information that the new
government is planning to seize and clamp down on our conglomerate. So I
have to work on this as fast as possible. I will only want
someone trust worthy that has managed a lot of funds before and will prove
to me that my money will be safe. and I will link you with the investment
company and they will hand over the money to you or your organization.
Diezani Alison-Madueke (Mrs)