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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:
- ",000,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Allen Davison" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2020 14:18:48 -0800
I am sorry for interfering into your privacy.
I am reaching out to you as regards a proposal portfolio that would benefit both of us. I am of the opinion that with your executive leadership experience, you can
play a very big role in this my business proposal.
I have a Crude oil licensing operations venture involving the Angolan National Petroleum Agency ANP-ANG which I consult for and a Singapore Refining Company Pte (SRC).
This venture will yield us high revenue after the transaction.
I can also assist in procuring crude oil brokerage license from Angolan Government using my privileged position in less than 10 working days which can grant us a
mandate to arrange for crude oil purchases for up to 5,000,000 barrels on every other month bases for at least 2 calendar years with commission as licensed oil
brokerage between $2 - $3 per barrel.
The essence of my reaching out to you is the fact that as a staff, it is against? Angola Government operational ethics to profiteer from any dealings with any oil
purchasing firm hence the reason I need a trustworthy middle person outside my work circle to stand as the Oil? AGENT or BROKER so we can get all the commission paid to
us for all the oil purchases.
As soon as I hear from you today confirming your interest, I shall prepare and send to you draft copy of MOU between your good self and I before we can start the
process of acquiring the Oil Agency/ Brokerage License.
I look forward to hearing from you.