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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "here in united kingdom" (this email uses bad English)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "certified bank draft" (Beware of any scheme that involves cashing checks or money orders and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere - you'll be liable for the entire amount if the checks or money orders turn out to be fake, even after you have received and forwarded cash. If it's a lottery prize, remember that real lotteries do not pay large prizes by check. They wire the money directly to your bank account and you do not pay for that. Many scammers promise a large check only in order to then demand payment of courier fees for a fake courier service. )
- 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: Zenith Bank <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 22:36:22 +0000
Subject: PLEASE ACCEPT MY APOLOGY
How are you today? Please accept my apology for not contacting you earlier before now due to my tight schedules. I am writing in regards to multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. I am using this opportunity to inform you that the business has been concluded with another person who financed it to a logical conclusion.
Thanks for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to some financial reason. But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of the Bank to my new partner account in United Kingdom who assisted me in this great venture. However, Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed during the course of the transaction I want to show my gratitude to you with the sum of $1,000.000.00 . Be informed that I have left a Signed International Certified Bank Draft with my Rev:Father for you. This Bank Draft Values $1,000.000.00 only and is cash able in any approved International Bank in the world.
As at the time I was leaving Nigeria He was the only one I could trust with that kind of money, he is a very simple and understanding Man. I will like you to contact the Rev:Father Jude for immediate delivery of this Bank Draft because I have authorized him to send it to you as soon as you contact him. At the moment, I am very busy here in United Kingdom for investment with my new partner. Please I will like you to accept this little token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart. Also comply with Rev:Father Jude. to enable him send you the Bank Draft without any delay,
Contact Rev.:Father Jude. with below details----
And again my good friend Please known that I did not leave any money with him before I travel to UK due to my traveling is very very urgent in case if the FedEx delivery company ask for delivery fee, Please know how to make provition for that.
Name: Rev:Father Jude.
Address: No 4 Ikeja drive dolphins Lagos-Nigeria
Do not forget to send him your Name and your Delivery address in full including your Phone numbers for successful delivery. Thanks and God bless you and your family, hope to hear from you again.
Mr Michael Beckham