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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:
- 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:
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "(ecowas)" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "LT. Colonel Eze" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:49:34 -1000
Subject: Re: True Confession!
This is a true confession from my repentant heart! Though I donât know you too well, but this message is a true story about your involvement with your inheritance fund in Africa along with some associates in Europe and America.
The truth about your fund here in Africa is that you are going through a wrong direction, and that is why it seems impossible for you to succeed in completing the process of your fund release after several payments made. I must be very honest and open to tell you that all information you received so far from the people representing you was all lies which is from a particular group of us and it is all about extorting money from you, and I will be truthful to advise you to face the reality because I was once one of them maltreating you in that manner when I was still none-converted Christian.
But now, I have received Christ the salvation of my soul from the present truth and turned away from the lying groups to face the reality of my salvation purpose which my conscience has been bordering me all this while to review this truth to you to exposed those liars working and representing you to the sham of the devil. To be honest with you, I have sin against you in collaborating with those groups to tell you all sort of lies and share together the monies you sent, but please forgive me for I confession to you; for bible says, if there is no sin, there will be no forgiveness.
If you are willing to face the reality and stop wasting your time with those representatives, I mean; those pretending that they are bankers or government officials processing your fund release correctly, I will simply direct you to the main director whom the Economic Community of West African Stateâs (ECOWAS) has at randomly/jointly nominated to transfer all foreign debts owe by the West African Stateâs through the Stateâs Excess Crude Oil Budgeted fund (SECOB) into owners account without stress, but the objective of those representing you are to hide this truth from you, thereby extorting money from you unlawfully.
I know you are not much aware of this and will be surprise to receive this massage but this is nothing but the truth. It is a planned work with some of the officials but the director is not aware, even after all the evil they did to you; they still go to the bank director (manager) trying to negotiate with him on how to transfer the fund in a special account claiming that is by your order, but the manager been highly intelligent always refuse to accept the idea and insist he want to talk to you before he can release the fund; that is the key point he replied them to make sure that you authorize the transfer to a
Notwithstanding, I have the bank managerâs contact information and if you wish to get in touch with him directly for the transfer of your fund, for those people are desperate and their aim and objectives is to divert your fund to another account after the money you have spent. But you must not disclose my information to anybody because this is top secret for my security purpose, and am very sure that the manager will be happy to speak with you because he want to make sure that your fund is not transferred to someone else or probably into a wrong hand; which am sure that the account they submitted to the manager on your behalf is not the bank account you gave them, so you really need to do something fast to avoid regret.
On your respond to this notification and ready to follow this instruction, I will personally direct you to the appointed paying Bank Manager who will paid you instead of wasting your hard earned money and time on these hoodlums as the manager is longing to speak with each an-every beneficiary before his/her fund release, but your file is hidden by your representative and thereby presenting their information as your governing body.
Perhaps, all the money you sent would have completed your payment transmission before now if you had contacted the appointed paying Bank Manager directly, but I quit understand that those representing you will not let you gain access to him at-all which I have been in the system with them before, but I have received my liberation from that cycle of those liars.
The good GOD has delivered me and ordered my footstep to remember you, as the WORD of GOD sayâs; the footstep of the righteous is ordered by GOD, you have been remembered by the grace of GOD.
So, this is the revelation truth and sincere confession, very sorry once again for my ignorant participation; I shall be expecting your respond only if you needed the assistance to your payment substance.
LT. Colonel Eze
NOTE: for confidentiality of this information, copy and reply me
directly through this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org please donât
make any mistake for my safety reason as this men may come after me
for revealing their secret, but GOD will save me.
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