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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:
- "department of mineral resources" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Department of Mineral Resources" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2018 20:15:41 +0200
Subject: Re: NOTIFICATION DESK (Customer service)+++
My Name is Mr. Chris T .Ramontja, a member, Executive Board of Directors working with Department of
Mineral Resources. An investment Funds deposited in our secret vault (Escrow Bank Account) valued
£52.7M (Fifty-Two Million Seven Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling) cameas a result of an greed
compensation/ kind of gratitude or financial blessing for my official/major roles played in converting the
foreign cash/funds investment into Gold Assets in 2010 by some foreign business associates from
Saudi Arabia with an open beneficiary and investment funds manager's name to be appointed/certify
with the legal authority for claims into his/her nominated bank account for investment purposes.
Please get back to me as soon as possible for more details if you are interested in my proposal.
Mr. Chris T .Ramontja,
Executive Board of Directors
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