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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: "Mr. Isiaka AbdulrazaqSir" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2018 06:37:21 +0100
Subject: URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSAL
Mr. Isiaka AbdulrazaqSir,
Chief Financial Officer, Finance & Accounts
Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (nnpc)
I am contacting you to do a project and deal with me but you have to
be open and honest with me as this is no child's play, hence my
requested for your ID, full name,address and bank co-ordinates to
effect the fund transfer of $20.5M to you as a foreign consultant that
had executed a project with our ministry to enable you fill in
application to claim this $20,5M on our behalf legally after we have
perfected the required documentation to our data.
This $20.5M fund claim payment is a proceed from our crude oil and
petroleum subsidy allocation payment put in place by the management of
which I am mandated to oversee and recommend clearance and payment
advise to the CBN to effect claim payment.but I am deliberately
arranging this fund claim payment on my own,as you are may be aware
our country will be conducting general elections come Feb. 2019.
I and my colleagues have this ambition and plan to contest an
elective post in my state National assembly which is why we need this
funds to achieve this plan.
Hence the urgency for us to carry out this claim payment with you as
our front. all arrangement is being put in place to perfect the
required documentations of the fund claim payment to you on time on an
agreed sharing formula of 30% to you for participation on this deal.
Mr. Isiaka AbdulrazaqSir
Finance and Account Dept
Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation