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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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Info Desk."<email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 02:55:46 +0100
Subject: YOUR BANK ACCOUNT!!
Have you maintained cordial relationship with your bankers over the years? could you receive over US$10M in your bank account without the authorities raising eyebrows? I am currently mediating a settlement-peace accord between the top three (3) Crude Oil Exploration companies and five (5) oil rich coastal tribes over the degradation of their ancestral land as a result of the exploration activities of the Oil companies.
I am desperately in need of a new partner to finalize a deal as I was ripped off by my Moroccan partner who disappeared upon confirming the deposit of US$30M in his account a week ago. The final payment schedule which is batch ' C ' has been published; the category of my clients/recipients for this payment are 'Individual Victims' of Oil spills and I have three days to tender an account for onward payment.
Please, do not discredit my proposition because of the manner which it came to you; In lack of better options owing to time constraint, I decided to adopt this platform to solicit for a business collaboration with you. Be kind to get back to me if you are interested, we will discuss the details and modality in my next letter.
Thanks in anticipation, I look forward to rearing from you at your earliest convenience.
Anonymous for now.