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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:
- "u.k " (this email uses bad English)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Chimezie Madueke" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:04:26 +0100
Subject: Urgent Please!!!
I am very certain this letter must come to you as a big surprise, this is due to the unconventional nature of the urgency and confidentiality of the matter at hand. It is in the character of pendulum to swing in the direction least anticipated. Please, permit me to introduce myself, my name is Chimezie Madueke. I am contacting you haven gotten your email address through my mom's independent source, and I pray this letter meets you in good health without any embarrassment to you, as we want strictly a neutral person, hence my sending you this confidential message with hope that you will help my family to carry out this investment opportunity. My mom was the former Minister of Petroleum Resources in Nigeria during the regime of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan but since the emergence of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari into power my mom was accused of financial embezzlement of over US$1billion, and other unprintable financial crimes but it's a lie, as the president Buhari only want to destro
However, my major reason to contacting you today is because my mom directed me to establish a private communication with you with a view to seek your partnership to receive and invest the sum of $56, 750,000.00 (Million USD) she deposited with a safekeeping company here in Accra, Ghana. As I moved to Accra because of harassment of the security agents, they usually come to our house unannounced and my mom is bedridden in U.K hospital. This is a confidential message, I would like to make it very brief, in a nutshell, she proposed to share the money in the ratio of 30% reward to you, 50% goes to my family and 20% set aside to take care of all expenses including tax.
In addition, I will reveal more information about the funds to you upon hearing from you, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ASSURE YOU THAT THE DEAL IS 100% RISK FREE as our family attorney will be obtaining all relevant legal documents to backup the transaction from start to finish without any problems.