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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:
- "million united states 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Robert Jordan" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 09:26:11 -0700
Subject: INVESTING IN YOUR COUNTRY
Attn: The President / CEO
Urgent Telegraphic / Swift Transfer of: USD$35,000,000.00 (Thirty Five Million United States Dollars Only)
I am Mr. Robert Jordan, Group Managing Director (GMD) / chairman debt reconciliation committee Hong Kong Highways Department(HKHD); I got your contact from January, 2016 worldwide database and yellow pages encyclopaedia after due consideration believing you are highly respected personality. Although, I do not know to what extent you are familiar with events, hence I contact you.
Firstly, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and âTOP SECRETâ with great magnitude involving a pending transaction requiring maximum confidence, I am sure and have confidence of your ability and reliability to prosecute this magnificent transaction. The new government has principally mandated me to review and offset all contractorsâ outstanding overdue payments on contracts awarded since May 2000 to, June 2015, under the regimes of the former heads of state.
Respectively, In May 2010, a contract worth USD$285,000,000.00 ( Two Hundred & Eighty-Five Million United States Dollars Only) was awarded to a foreign company by Hong Kong Highways Department (HKHD) for Maintenance of Highway Structures in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories 2008-2014. I deliberately over-invoiced the contract with USD$35,000,000.00 (Thirty Five Million United States Dollars Onl). Actually the company that executed the contracts has been fully paid and the projects were officially commissioned.
Therefore, due to epigrammatic decision to redefine the outstanding payment I am presenting you as the beneficiary who will present original invoice to re-apply and to substitute the foreign company which upon its presentation to Central Bank of hong kong (CBHK) your designated bank account will be credited unconditionally. On receipt of your immediate response, we shall discuss the compulsory modalities. I have all necessary documents / approvals to secure the transfer in your favour.
Note as a mandatory, I wish to make the clarifications as follows: That you will be entitled to share 50% of the total funds and the officials 50% . I consequently request your maximum assistance and approvals to facilitate the transfer of the above funds from Central Bank of hong kong (CBHK), where these funds are deposited. upon confirmation of your readiness to execute this magnificent transaction with me, you will be urgently required to furnish your companies letter headed paper signed & stamped, private telephone & fax numbers, bank name and address, your corporate bank account Number. In conclusion, I guarantee that this operation will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of law.
Please take note; Iâm outside Hong Kong presently due to urgent international conference in united states and i want to ensure that all the necessary preparation is done while i am away from my country. i want you to immediately indicate your interest to hel so that i can get in touch with you while i am in united states and get the necessay information to get the fund transferred to you. So please contact me on this private email for further details in regards to this proposal and i need you to provide your full name and telephone to contact you.
Mr. Robert Jordan
Hong Kong Highways Department (HKHD)