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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: "Hon. Chidiebere Akubata" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 07:30:03 -0700
Subject: Third & FINAL Notice: CAN I TRUST YOU WITH A BIGGER SECRET??7
Greetings and Very good day to you.
Hope your entire family? I do hope they are doing just okay.
Herein is the proper explanation.
I am writing to let you know how much I appreciate your profile.
Previously, you have been very attentive and helpful. You and I put
together will indeed make a great team. I know that adding this task
to your regular duties will take quite a bit of extra time and effort
on your part.Please know that you can count on me to do the same for
I suppose you stop all forms of fear on this operation because there
absolutely nothing to fear about in Malaysia. The travel to Malaysia
is quite safe for business trip. The transaction to the best of my
knowledge is 100% free of risk, and if there is anything to fear about
I should have been the one to be afraid because i am still an active
politician. I want you to feel encouraged and move ahead to get this
concluded in time. Nobody will stop this funds in Malaysia because the
fund was legally stored in the security Vaults.
DURATION OF STAY IN MALAYSIA: You are required to stay for two working
days in Malaysia to conclude this transfer of $170-million. You will
be required to travel there as my investment executive.
First day soon you arrive Malaysia: Is to meet with the security
Company official where the Fund was stored and do all the necessary
protocols to clear the money out of their vaults. It will take you
less than one hour to get the entire process done. The total Fund in
that Vault in Malaysia is $170-Million and i will hand over this Fund
to your care for investment in your country.
Second Day: Is to open a good online account in Malaysia by the advice
of the Financial analyst and deposit the fund in a good online-account
while you travel home to make withdrawal from your country through
the online-portal. NOTE THIS IMPORTANT ADVICE: During the cause of
withdrawal of the funds from the security Company, do not let the
company know that the content of the boxes were fund because it was
registered with them as personal effects to remove any suspicion OR
someone raising eyebrow
It has been my great pleasure and privilege to establish this venture
of trust with a person of astute personality and openness like you
are, and I can says that I am incredibly fortunate to be in a position
to take this assumed good decision; a vehicle that I hope will nurture
healthy family continuity and success for many generations to come.
This investment of $170-Million, [One Hundred and Seventy Million] if
well position into credible ventures by you will stand as a lifetime
financial security for your entire family and mine, even unto our
children and grandchildren.TRUST is the bedrock for building a strong
relationship. However,trust is easily established with someone who
lived up to his words.
Kindly, let me know the day of "next-week" that will be convenient
enough for you to travel to Malaysia to enable me find out and tell
you all the requirement you need to fly with.
I wish you all the best, while i wait for your urgent response
HEREIN ARE THE ANALYSIS OF THE DEPOSIT:
[A] DEPOSITORS NAME: CHIDIEBERE AKUBATA
[B]: DATE OF DEPOSIT: 21/08/2009
[C]: DEPOSIT CODE: 1313-08-2121-09
: YOU ARE MY INVESTMENT EXECUTIVE/ ANALYST
: ASK FOR THE UPDATE OF THE DEPOSIT SUCH AS SECURITY DETAILS AND
DEMURRAGES. WHEN YOU CALL THEM
: UPDATE ME ON YOUR DISCUSSIONS.
ONCE I GET A POSITIVE RESPONSE FROM YOU, I WILL SEND YOU THE SECURITY
COMPANY "CONTACT IN MALAYSIA" TO ENABLE YOU OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH
THEM, AND TO GET FROM THEM THE REQUIREMENTS NEEDED FROM YOU BEFORE
YOU FLY TO MALAYSIA.
Mr. Chidiebere Akubata
Hon. House of Representative