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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:
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "George wilson" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:26:21 +0430
Subject: FOREIGN PAYMENT INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT
FOREIGN PAYMENT INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT
4TH FLOOR MARY LAND
MOTTO: SECURITY WATCH
From the desk of: George wilson
RE: BE CAREFUL OF HOODLUMS. Based on the finding in this investigastion
department we wish to warn you against some touts.
We have been informed that some touts are contating you in respect to the
collection of your fund in the total sum of ($45 Million U.S.A Dollars)
that was long approved in your favour through the Standard Trust Bank of
As a matter of fact we have been on this investigation assignmentsfor some
time codely known to no one but the Presidency and some top government
official who are in support of this investigation team to help stop
fraudalent activities in this country.
Although we have been able to come up with some good result about the
people that have extorted money from you illegally and i wish to list them
so that you will personally indicate them by writting back because we want
to make your payment to you without any delay but we must surely deal and
bring this names to book if only you will indicate correctly any of them.
The names of the Touts that have been arrested are as follows:
1) PROF CHARLES SOLODO
2) CHIEF JOSEPH SANUSI
4) BARRISTER AWELE
6)BARRISTER UCHEUZO WILLIAMS.
7)Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Ebi
Deputy Governor - Policy / Board Member
8)Dr.John Chukwu Igwe
Deputy Governor - Financial SectorSurveillance / Board
9)Mrs. W. D. A. Mshelia Deputy Governor - Corporate
Services /Board Member
11) Godwin Emefiele
The above listed names are been traced/investigated by the police and some
of them have elope the country and note that if any of them is caught and
find guilty he/she we go to jailed for 25years(twenty five years) as it is
under the Degree 47 of the constituition of
this bankunder section of criminal law, So we arewaiting for you to write
us and inform us if any of the above names have once contacted you in
respect to the your fund if yes dont waste time to indicate it
Note that the only office/paying bank that have right to pay or contact
you in this Transfer is the NationalReconciliation Debt Committee of
Nigeria which isbeen headed by the bank Governor.
You must deal directly with them and do what so ever you are asked to do
because that is the only way you will achive the success of the
transaction.We applogise on behalf of the President and the people of
Nigeria for any dealy and lost this must have coursed you and promise that
such thing will not happen again.And if you are dealing with any one of
them regarding this payment we urge you to stop because you are taking a
big risk and you never find your money any where because your money is
with the above named bank.
Finally, we are expecting to hear from you today.Thanks for your good
understanding while we wait for your urgent response to this mail.