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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:
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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)
- "liberia" (a location commonly mentioned 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: "Dr. TIM PUADOR" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Dr. TIM PUADOR" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2020 08:22:45 +0800
Subject: Respectfully Submitted
56 Poble Sec. 08354
It is my pleasure to have your contact through the profiles database of foreign companies and the privilege of introducing myself. I am Rev. Dr. Wale Timpson Puador. I hail from Republic of Senegal, 57 years and married with three children. I am the current Director of Equifinance House, Barcelona Spain. I decided to contact you after due consideration believing that you will not disappoint me over this deal which i prefer done with a foreign citizen. I have been working with this company for over fifteen years.
Within this period, I have watched and studied with meticulous precision how African Heads of States and top Government officials have been using Equifinance to divert and move sums of foreign currency ranging from US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, (cash) to their foreign cohorts. They conceal and bring in these consignments of cash, secretly declaring the contents as jewelleries, gold, diamonds, precious stones, family treasures, and documents etc. Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire (dead), Gen. Sanni Abacha of Nigeria (dead), Fode Sankoy of Sierra Leone, Babangida of Nigeria (Ex-President), Felix Houphet Boigny of Cote D'Ivoire (dead), Kanan Bedie of Cote D'Ivoire (Abidjan), Exiled Charles Taylor of Liberia, mugambe and current Buhari of Nigeria etc.
All these people have many consignments deposited with my office. Their foreign partners, friends and relatives are claiming most of these consignments. A lot of them are lying here unclaimed for as much as eight years. Nobody will ever come for them because in most cases, the Certificate of Deposit are never available to anybody except the depositors or me since most of them are dead.
I can through the instrument of Equifinance re-deposited all these unclaimed and over-stayed consignment into the Vault Facility of another reputable Security Company in your name as the beneficiary. Since the inception of the year 2000, our company's management has changed the procedure of claims of consignment, as soon as you are able to produce the secret information as contained in the secret file of any consignment, it will be released to you upon demand. I have finalized every arrangement for you to claim consignment No. 1401, 1402 containing $35.7 Million.
I will supply you with all the information and documents that will facilitate your easy claim of the consignment. Upon your positive reply of this letter, I will furnish you with further details and information regarding the modus operandi for the execution of the transaction. This business is risk free as I have taken necessary preventive measures.
(The mode of sharing will be 85% :15% for me and you respectively), you can reach me by email and I will direct you on what to do. Upon your positive consideration and reply of this letter i.e. providing me your confidential phone and fax numbers with which we can discuss the execution of this business.
Please expedite action on time !
Dr. TIM PUADOR