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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:
From: "DR. SAMUEL DICKSON ROBELLO" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "DR. SAMUEL DICKSON ROBELLO" <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:27:11 -0700
Subject: BUSINESS INVESTMENT PROPOSAL
Dear email@example.com ,
I hereby invite you to key into and partner in this risks free well tested international commercial transaction involving conveyance of the best brands in crude oil that has capacity to attract about twelve Billion US Dollars guaranteed to be shared on equity financial participation basis.
Reference to the term contract, for the purchase and lifting of 1.306 million barrels per day of Nigerias crude oil for 2017/2018, effective January 1, 2017. NNPC, the 39 successful bidders comprised 18 Nigerian companies, 11 international oil traders, five foreign refiners, three National Oil Companies, (NOCs) and two NNPC trading arms all the contracts are for 32,000 barrels per day except Duke Oil Ltd, an oil trading arm of the NNPC, which shall be for 90,000 barrels per day.
All key foreign personnel with wealth of experience from Asia-Pacific Oceanic Region has been picked to handle the day to day operations in line with African Petroleum Organization (APO) guidelines.
I and a few Board Members are in a position to offer key tested financial solution and facilitation with key tested financial instruments that can adequately deal with any form of worry and or concern.Let me know your readiness to join our Group in handling our finances for viable real estate projects of upscale and turnkey projects for mutual benefits.
I urgently anticipate your prompt response.
DR. SAMUEL DICKSON ROBELLO