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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: OFFICIAL NOTICE <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 19:23:10 +0100
Subject: Your Attention
First and foremost I will like to introduce my self to you. I am Retired Col Sambo Dasuki the former (NSA) National Security Advicer to former President of Federal Republic Of Nigeria Dr GoodLuck Ebele Jonathan who was defited Last year by present President Muhammadu Buhari on general election.
Secondly I will be sincere and honest with you. during the Eran of former President Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan I was paid the sum $2.1Billion USD to purchase arms in fighting terror insurgency at the North East of the country, I diverted the funds to different offshore financial institution's both our domestic bank's and offshore financial institution's, you as a foreigner I request you to assist me in moving those funds to your possesion, I will want you to invest those funds in your region, because the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, have put me under arrest and investigating me to produce the $2.1Billion USD which I will never confess the where-about of this funds. I will be waiting for your swift reply and get back to me with your personal Direct Mobile Phone number for easy communication. and go through those two Link's below.
Retired Col Sambo Dasuki