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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 fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "contact me immediately" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "diplomatic delivery" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Director Telex." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 10:26:50 -0700
Subject: Unpaid Beneficiary
Attn: Unpaid Beneficiary
Sometimes, I do wonder if you are really, really with your senses. How Cou=
keep trusting people and at the end you will loose your hard Earned money,=
are you being deceived by their big names? They Impersonate on many office=
claiming to be Governors, Directors/Chairmen of one Office or the other. T=
game plan is only just to extort your hard Earned money. Now, the question=
how long you will continue to be Deceived? Sometimes, they will issue you =
check, introduce you to fake Diplomatic delivery, un-existing on-line bank=
and they will also fake wire transfer of Your fund with Payment Stop Order=
even send you fake atm cards etc.
Anyway, by the virtue of my position I have been following this Transactio=
inception and all your efforts towards realizing the Fund. More often than=
I sit down and laugh at your ignorance and That of those who claim they are
assisting you, it is very unfortunate That at the end you loose. Although,=
don't blame you because you are Not here in Nigeria to witness the process=
your payment in Nigeria.The problem you are having is that you been told t=
whole truth About this transaction and it is because of this truth they de=
to Be extorting your money. The most annoying part is even fraudsters Have
really taken advantage of this opportunity to enrich them selves At your
expense. Those you feel are assisting or working for you are Your main pro=
I know the truth surrounding this payment and I am The only person who will
deliver you from this long suffering if you will abide by my advice.
I also know that recently you have been dealing with people claiming to b=
EFCC. They claim that they are helping you and you forward all the fraudul=
e-mails you receive to them. At the end they do nothing about the fraudste=
Soon they will ask you to pay money to receive a compensation of $150,000.=
not pay any money to them because they are only interested in your hard ea=
money and you will never receive any compensation in return, they will alw=
keep coming back to ask for more money.
Please I beseech you to stop pursuit of shadows and being Deceived.Feel f=
contact me immediately you receive this mail so that I can Explain to you =
modus-operandi guiding the release of your Payment. Do not panic, be rest
assured that this arrangement will be Guided by your Embassy here in Niger=
N/B: You are urgently requested to provide me with the following informat=
Contact me upon the receipt of this mail if you wish to receive your fund =
stop wasting your hard earn money.
Thanks and remain blessed.
Mr. Gerard Brian
Director Telex/Foreign Operation (OB).