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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- 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: "Mr. Adesuwa Abati" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:15:02 -0400
Subject: Business Relation
My Dear Friend,
My name is Mr. Adesuwa Abati, a cousin to Dr. Reuben Abati, Senior Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to former President Goodluck Jonathan GCFR, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I pray this letter meets you in good health. I was directed to contact you by Dr. Abati confidentially through this medium, as you may know; former President Goodluck Jonathan lost the recently concluded March 28, 2015 presidential election to President Muhammadu Buhari. Since the loss of the election to the opposition APC candidate President Buhari, there has been probable fear everywhere as the outgoing administration is rightly anticipating that the current administration of President Buhari might probe all sectors of the economy including the controversial missing US$20billion from Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which the Minister of Finance Dr (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke are believed not to provide adequate answer to address the conflicti
As a result of this development, Dr. Abati, instructed me to seek your partnership in a confidential funds transaction, which former President Jonathan mandated him to transfer out of Nigeria, under the fear that the current administration of President Buhari who took over power on May 29, 2015 might probe his regime, and should that happen, then part of the said funds will be used to pay attorney fees and other expenses, which may occur during such prosecution, while the rest amount will be invested into lucrative businesses in your country .Our goal is to be prepared. Consequently the total sum of $250million USD cash has been moved and also deposited with Shanxi Security & Storage Center (Gh) Ltd here in Accra Ghana by me as a special agent. I therefore seek your sincere and urgent partnership and cooperation to move the funds out of the security firm as soon as possible before the current administration restructure all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). As a compensation for your effort and
If you are interested to handle this deal, please kindly provide me with your mobile telephone number, full name and address so that we can discuss more of this issue and move into action immediately. Thank you.
Please reply me immediately on my private email:email@example.com
Mr. Adesuwa Abati