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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "power of attorney" (with your bank details and a power of attorney form criminals sometimes empty bank accounts)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "Barr. Tony Bamikole" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:39:10 +0000
Subject: From Barrister Tony Bamikole....REPLY ASAP
My name are Barrister Tony Bamikole the attorney to the formal (CSO) chief security officer to past president of Nigeria president Good luck Ebele Jonathan who just hand over to the new president of Nigeria, Due to the ongoing investigation and the promise of the new president to the world and the president of the United States of America to retrieve every funds that last government officer has been looted out of the country through their foreign account.
In view of this, he directed me as his personal attorney to assist him look for any foreign investor to manage the money that is deposited in a financial institution, this funds was deposited in an open beneficiary for security reasons, in which i will send you a power of attorney and some other relevant documents as the attorney which will help you contact the financial institution on how the funds will be transfer to you without any problem.
below is the link in case you want to verified
Please if you are interested kindly get back to me immediately so we can give you more detail how you can get this fund secure.
I will be waiting to hear from you,
Kindly send me below information if you are interested
FULL NAME ,FULL HOUSE ADDRESS, AGE, OCCUPATION, DIRECT CELL AND PHONE NUMBER, FAX NUMBER
copy of identification.
As soon as i get this from you this will allow me call you and discuss with you immediately as soon as I receive your reply.
I will like you to keep this business deal confidential until this business is complete.
Barr. Tony Bamikole
Please let copy of your response be on this email address below very important.