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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found 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: "LL" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2018 22:49:28 -0700
Subject: ##From Icpc#
I am Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye,the Chairman Independent Corrupt Pratices Commission (ICPC). This is to announce to you that your inheritance funds valued USD$10.5M has been approved among fifty two foreign beneficiaries and bonded to our affiliate bankers abroad for immediate release. This is due to the strict financial regulations, lots of certifications/transfer back-up documents required in moving funds out of this country.
I am sending this message to you and every other foreign beneficiary that are on the same payment list as a sound warning, never to send money to anybody in Nigeria in regards to your approved inheritance funds. If you do from henceforth, you are automatically wasting your money and time because you will never get your fund from them, rather the person is impersonators.
Note: if you among those that have already send money to some crooks in Nigeria in time past, and you have information about the people, kindly forward it to my email/office and leave the rest to me, as I and my teams /the Chairman Senate Committee Federal Republic of Nigeria, are working seriously to correct the image of Nigeria before the international community.
In conclusion, once we are through with the processing, be 100% rest assured that my office and the Nigeria National Assembly shall send letter of approval and of recommendation to Nigerian Government approved affiliate bankers abroad to pay you without you going through stress. Finally, you are required to respond ASAP with the following details to enable the processing.
1) YOUR FULL NAME.
2) YOUR ADDRESS.
3) YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER.
4) YOUR OCCUPATION
5) YOUR IDENTITY.
Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye
Chairman - ICPC
Federal Republic of Nigeria.