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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.
- 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:
- "await your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "very confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- "charles soludo" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Larry Lala" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:37:39 -0700
Subject: URGENT INFO
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Counter-terrorism and Cyber Crime Division J. Edgar.
Hoover Building Washington DC.
I know that you will be very much flabbergasted to receive this message from me (a total stranger), but I have decided to tell you this truth even if it will cost my life. Though, this step Im about to take is against the ethics of my profession but I have been much disturbed lately and cant keep it any longer. I am taking this bold step due to my Christian faith and I have been encouraged by the world of God as it is written in Matthew 10: 28 ; never be afraid of those that can kill only the body but he who can destroy both the body and the soul (Christ Jesus).
What I want to tell you is about your approved fund with the Federal Government of Nigeria. Honestly, there are cartels that never wished you to receive any cent from Nigeria. Instead, they kept on requesting for fees upon fees till you got frustrated and abandoned your transaction. These cartels have been trading with your approved fund but just yesterday, I over heard Dr. Tunde Lemo, Prof. Charles Soludo, Rev ralph Okoh ,Dr.Lamido Sanusi, Rev. Dr. Johnson Aku, and Dr, (Mrs) Sarah Alade, Mrs. Inga Britt discussing with the current CBN Governor (Godwin Emefiele) and requesting that your approved $15.5M which accrued an interest of $3.2M making a grand total of $18.7M should be shared among themselves.
Dont worry, there is a way I can assist you get your fund without any further delay. This way is very simple, fast and most reliable means of payment you can ever think of. It is risk on my side considering the caliber of people involved and what will happen to me but I have to take it if only you will promise to keep it very confidential until we have finally confirmed your fund in your possession. I previously helped a woman from Mexico by name Sylvia Guerra though this means and her transaction was very successful though her fund was only US$5.4M. What you have to do now, is to open a fresh bank account with any bank of your choice. It will be much better if you can open the account with a different bank, but what you have to bear in mind is that you have to re-transfer the fund to a different account immediately you confirm your $18.7M in your account for security reason.
If you want me to go ahead, let me know as soon as you get this mail, if I make the transfer this week, I will retrieve all your transfer documents from our computer system and trash it to avoid any trace. Get back to me as soon as you get this mail so that I will be in a better position to know what to do immediately.
Call me to confirm this mail with my private mobile: 1-916-945-9155 and reply only through the e-mail below: CUSTOMERUNIQUE11@GMAIL.COM
I await your urgent response.
Dr.(Mr) Larry Lala.
KTT UNIT CBN.