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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:
- "into your nominated bank account" (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)
- "million 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)
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "contact me immediately" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "utmost confidentiality" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Roberts-Hughes" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:21:04 -0800
Subject: Funds transfer directly to your bank account
I am Robert Hughes (GED, FINANCE & ACCOUNTS),Procurement and Contract Award with the Togolese Shell Petroleum Corporation(T.S.P.C),Republic of Togo. I got your contact from the foreign office of the Togolese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Excuse my reaching you via this medium.
It is with trust that I wish to contact you on this matter concerning the transfer of US$23.5 Million Dollars. Sometime ago, a contract was awarded by my Corporation (T.S.P.C) to Alliance Oil International, USA for Service, Turn Around Maintenance and Rehabilitation Work on Lome Refinery and Petrochemical Company (LRPC) Plant in Togo contract No; TSPC/POA/704/KED/2005, This contract was over-invoiced by us to the tune of US$23.5 million (Twenty Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) Only.
Myself and my colleagues have unanimously agreed to transfer the Funds into an accommodative Foreign Bank Account for disbursement and investment purposes because the Federal Civil Service code of conduct Bureau does not allow us to operate any foreign account while in services. We have worked out all modalities and the machinery put in place for legal and safe transfer of the funds directly into your nominated bank account. We have lost some funds in the past in similar transfer but we repose trust in you based on your profile and we need a mutual agreement for safe keeping of the funds.
Due to our sensitive position in our country and our retirement approaching, we cannot afford a slip in this transaction. Contact me immediately through my private E-mail address as above with this information mentioned hereunder;
1. Your direct telephone/ fax numbers for easy communication.
2. Your full name.
3. Your private email address
I shall use these information to update you with the original copies of the contract documents and for further negotiation on your compensation/percentage that you deserve in this deal. Please, note that this DEAL needs utmost Confidentiality pending when the money is credited into your account.
I am looking forward to your favorable response from you in this matter.Please call me directly +228 98347384
Tel: +228 98347384