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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:
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:34:36 +0100
Subject: URGENT EMAIL.
Thanks for your time. I did send an email earlier informing you that i am in a position of authority in the finance ministry in Nigeria. In my ministry (office) i oversee the endorsement of contract payments, and am also privy to over invoiced contracts amounting to millions of dollars.
I also have the privilege to assign this over invoiced funds to any individual/company that applies as the contractor/beneficiary, with a good understanding that we'll invest the funds and also share the proceeds between us. So based on this, i will be needing your consent to present you or any company of your choice as the beneficiary of one of the over invoiced contract funds, which my office is entitled to endorse its release and transfer.
Once we are in agreement, i will inform you in details what is required of you and how we are to achieve this.
Hope to hear from you soonest and thank you very much for your understanding.
Alahji Isa Dutse