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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:
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "lagos" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: =?UTF-8?Q?mpogorze?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2016 22:25:46 +0200
Dnia 30 marca 2016 13:35 "Paul George."<email@example.com> napisaÅ(a):
From the Desk of the Director of Remittance
Access Bank Plc Nig.
Amazing Grace Plaza.
Plot 2E - 4E Ayorinde Street
Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and management staff of Access Bank Plc , I wish to bring to your knowledge that we received a mandate, directive and instruction from Office of the debt management board through our affiliated Bank that we should facilitates the payment of your overdue contract payment with the Government of Nigeria,This payment is inline with the directive by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari (GCN) President Federal Republic of Nigeria that all owned contractor should be paid int his quarter of 2016,
In Line with this directives,I will need you to reconfirm back to me Your bank details,Your Name and address and your direct telephone so I can secure approval for the transfer of the fund to your account.
I will be looking forward to your prompt reply and while I assure you of our bank professional assistance.
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