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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:
- "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)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Kwasi Fosu" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 03 Jul 2016 04:12:23 +0000
Subject: re:i need a simple yes or no response..
For your attention,
It is my pleasure to get in touch with you at the beginning of today over a mutual business exchange. It might be reasonable for you asking how I got your contact address. Incidentally I got your contact address through my friend in the United States embassy business special unit. Nonetheless, my quest for legitimate, dependable individual drove me to reaching out to you. I am all round persuaded that you are an extremely honest and trustworthy individual. As the chief director of the legal division of the Sahel Sahara bank Bsic (Gh) Ltd, I am advantageous to remain as a trustee to numerous individuals in governmental circle and business class and as such I have their confidence.
In the light of the continuous Financial probe on going in Nigeria since the rise of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari led by All Progressive Congress APC government. The ex-president Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and his former ministers, staffs and the former ruling party chieftains have all been under intensive probe by President Buhari government with several large sums seized ultra vires by the government .Consequently, the vast majority of the former ministers and officials have chosen to migrate their cash offshore keeping in mind the end goal is to avoid such monies from being confiscated as endeavors are being made by the state security agents to clamp down on any funds traced to the former president Jonathan and his former ministers and officials.
As a result, I am requesting for your collaborations to go into partnership with us to get the US$750million (Seven Hundred and Fifty Million United States Dollars) at the sharing proportion of 25% for you, 5% to cover costs of documentation keeping in mind the 70% would be retained by the proprietor/rightful beneficiary. Furthermore the 70% may be invested into your nation or any destination of your Choice. Areas of interest should include but not limited to Real Estates, Industries, Transports and Hotels. The funds are covered up in the secret numbered account domiciled at my branch office and will be renamed after we achieved agreement. At this junction it should be stressed that the funds are spotless and free from any terrorist source. In addition every other important document which will be required for reinforcement of the transference of the funds into your account with no problem would be procured. Please view this link https://www.naij.com/772554-no-hiding-place-7-ex-governors-efcc-traces-200b-loot-uae-see-list.html for more information regarding the ongoing probe. The transaction will be completed on or before 10 working days as I will be handling major documentation from my office. I look forward to hearing from you soonest.
Dr. Kwasi Fosu,
Director, Legal Dept.
Sahel Sahara bank Bsic (Gh) Ltd