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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.
- 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 RICHARD ALBERT" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2018 08:35:10 +0200
Subject: Business Partnership
I am Dr RICHARD ALBERT, Consultant NATO-LED (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Resolute Support Mission for medical training of doctors in Iraq under United Nations. I contacted you to seek your opinion if you can partner with me in executing a contract compensation slot that was awarded to me by United Nations & NATO-LED CO-NATION. This slot was awarded in reference to the United Nations/NATO-LED Annual offer and in response to the UN General Service administrations contracts in compliance with the UN Trade Agreement Act (TAA 19-USC 2501). It was allocated to me by the NATO in respect to my immense contributions in the fight against insurgency and terrorism in the Middle East. This is according to the provisions of chapter 16 of the United Nations & NATO-LED CO-NATION Charter which recognizes the role of NATO for the promotion of peace and security, and also pursuant to section 24 clauses (a2) of the laws guiding the UN body.
The contract is to supply 10,000 liters of Pneumatic Rivet 4000000i to the United Nations Logistics Base at $20 USD per liter. It is a multi-purpose chemical. And from the buying source, we can get the chemical for a price tag of $40 USD delivery cost per liter. That is, we will make 100% profit in every liter supplied. And this will amount to huge profit if fully executed.
Note that as stipulated in the agreement that was reached between the UN and NATO, it is required of me to recommend a beneficiary to execute it for me. Either a friend, a relative or a business partner, that is why I am contacting you because I prefer to use a foreign partner from your region to execute it for me as I will not be allowed to execute it directly because it is going to distract me in my line of duty as a serving Medical
If this proposal is of interest to you, kindly email me (email@example.com) get back to me so that we can proceed from here.
Yours in Service,
Dr. RICHARD ALBERT
Head of Medical Team,