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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:
- "transfer into your account" (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)
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing 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: "Adebayo Adelabu" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:17:42 -0300
Subject: Good News
I know that you might be surprise on this mail, but I am telling you the truth. I know that it is against my official duty to release confidential issue like this to an outsider considering the fact that i was recently appointed the new CBN deputy Governor.There is nothing I can do to help you beside this; I am taking this bold step because of my belief as a Christian.I am Adebayo Adelabu,Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, FSS,at Central Bank Of Nigeria What I want to tell you is about your fund with the Federal Government, there are a lot forces working against you right from the last CBN Governor Prof Charlse Soludo and the just retired CBN Governor Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi with other Top officials of all the Commercial Banks here in Nigeria, they have been frustrating people by demanding upfront payment from them constantly.
If I tell you that they are using all these money you sent to them to work against you, you might not believe it.
But it is reality. There is a way I can assist you get your fund without you paying any charges to get your fund, it is risky but one has to take it, I have
assisted one woman from Oman with it since i resume office as the Deputy Governor, it worked out though her fund was big amount. What you have to do is to
open another bank account any where, if you can open it in another place, it will be nice, but what you have to bear in mind is that you have to re-transfer the fund to another account immediately you confirmed it in your account, I know
why I want it this way.
If you want me to go ahead, let me know as soon as you get this mail, if I make the transfer into your account this week, it might be next three months that they will find out and by then, you have re-transferred the fund into another
account. Get back to me as soon as you get this mail so that I will be in better position to know what to do.Get back to me on this email: email@example.com
Financial System Stability, FSS