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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:
- "will come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Isiaka Abdulrazaq" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 08:44:14 -0800
Subject: CAN I TRUST YOU IN THIS TRANSACTION/BUSINESS?
From: Mr. Isiaka Abdulrazaq
Chief Operating Officer,
Finance & Accounts with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
Please i know that the message will come to you as a surprise, first and for most let me introduce myself to you,I am Mr. Isiaka Abdulrazaq the Chief Operating Officer, Finance & Accounts with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) I believe we can execute this project/transaction for our mutual benefit investment.
I have USD$29.2M (Twenty Nine million Two Hundred United States dollars only) the success of this project will depend largely on our trust and confidence in each other. I also want you to know that Honesty and Transparency will remain our watch word.
However, i would wish to receive your personal assurance that you would not sit on this money when it goes into your account. More importantly, you must to keep this transaction confidential in order not to tarnish or reputation of the officials involved in this transaction.
Meanwhile, the shearing terms 50% for me while 45% gose to as the owner of account, and 5% would be used to defray whatever expenses that may be incurred in the course of this transaction. i wish to inform you that this transaction requires the most urgent reply and attention to enable us pull out this money soonest and there is no risk involve. You are expected to forward to me through my personal email address the following details
Please you can view the website:http://www.nnpcgroup.com/AboutNNPC/NNPCManagement/ExecutiveManagement.aspx
(a) Name of Your bank Account
(b) Account Number/Beneficiary
(c) Bank Address/Particulars
(d) Personal Telephone/Fax Number
A meeting of all the parties concerned is going to take place few days before the remittance is to be made. The parties concerned shall agree upon the meeting venue before sharing of the money. Please be informed that on completion of this business, i will use my share of the money to invest in your country, you investment advice is needed in this respect or be a partner in your company. Every transfer arrangements will be done by the apex bank (central bank of Nigeria ) direct to your designed bank account.
This transaction is 100% risk free. if you are interest to help, please do not hesitate to contact me urgently on my personal email address: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr. Isiaka Abdulrazaq
Chief Operating Officer, Finance & Accounts
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