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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Salisu Abdullahi" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 05:40:07 -0400
Subject: From Salisu Abdullahi
In my pursuit to find someone of your caliber, I am pleased to pick you as the right person and also believe you will be a source of protection and professional inspiration to us. I am former director of finance and account to retired AVM Alex Badeh who is currently facing corrupt charges by the present government in Nigeria the present government is committed to repatriate all stolen funds siphoned by former government officials, therefore we want to urgently dispel assets tied to his name to avoid trace as he is currently facing over 11 count charges.
I am urgently seeking your corporation to transfer the assets title to your name as owner to enable you secure the assets to your possession ASAP. This will take only a few days to accomplish, as we have conclude plans at top levels. Once I get your consent I will give further details on the way forward.
Thank you so very much.
26th May 2016