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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:
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr.Amine Mati <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:40:49 +0100
Subject: YOUR $10.5M INHERITANCE PAYMENT IS BY CASH SEE DETAIL
Foreign Escrow Account Office
African Development Bank
Nigeria Annex Office
Subject: To transfer your US$10.5 million payment yourself see detail.
This intervention is as result of numerous application and attempts by some group of people here and in other parts of the world to abuse the integrity and reputation of the Banks. However, in order to protect its image we have been mandated to inform you that we are in receipt of mandate to take over payment of all the debts.
Furthermore, be informed that any commercial bank in the Country including other offshore financial institutions which claim to have the mandate of any Apex Banks or the African Development Bank to deliver or transfer funds to the beneficiaries is not authorized to do so. If you are still dealing with this group of people stop further communication and revert to the firm assigned to carry out your payment without stress.
To accomplish the above we have finished updating files/applications for the release of beneficiaries funds. My office is working on the instruction from the Presidents of Federated Africa Union, and National Committee for Amalgamated African Central Banks through my office to pay all beneficiaries their debts .
THE METHOD OF PAYMENT IS AS FOLLOWS:-
Bank to bank funds transfer, Automated Teller Machine) ATM-debit-card and International Irrevocable Bank Draft. Indicate the method you want to have your fund paid to you. Include your current address, direct phone numbers.
Awaiting your prompt response.
Jecob E. Ahaoma
African Development Bank
Foreign Debt Management Board.
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