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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "utmost confidentiality" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "there is no risk involved" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: =?utf-8?Q?Tony=20Fisher?= <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2020 20:01:35 +0000
I have a Mutual/Beneficial Business Project for you worth Millions of Euros, I am Tony Fisher, the Project Manager/ Hectronic GmbH here in Germany. I am in charge of supervision and award of contracts to Multi-National Oil Companies, to Service, Turn Around Maintenance and Rehabilitation Work on five separate Refineries in Middle-East. This contract was over-invoiced top officials reached a compromise to transfer the Fund into Foreign Bank account that will accommodate this Fund. I am soliciting for trusted person which will receive the Funds (over-inflated amount of EUR 37.500,000.00) in trust. I over-invoiced a contract to the tune of Thirty Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand Euros (EUR 37.500,000.00). All arrangements have been concluded with the paying bank on how to transfer the funds out to a safe foreign account since the original contractor has just been paid his contract payment of EUR 980 Million Euros five days ago.
Since it is a contract payment, the funds must be remitted to A foreign account whereby the receiver (you) will be officially recognized as the contractor that executed contract. I need a kind person to work with it for the immediate claims. Please, should you be willing to assist, the paying bank is already awaiting your interest to execute the transfer within 4-5 working days. NOTE; There is no risk involved, treat with utmost confidentiality. This business required high level of maturity, honesty and secrecy because this involves moving or Siphoning some money from my office, on trust to your hands or bank account. We shall share the money 70-30 (30% for you and 70% for me), you can be rest assured that absolute security is guaranteed and realistic success is 100% certain-free from any breach of the law. Write me back if you think we can work out this transaction. You must do this transaction alone. FOR FASTER RESPONSE/ Always send me email via: firstname.lastname@example.org / gfishe
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
I look forward to discussing this opportunity further with you.
Tony Dieter Fisher
Project Manager/ Hectronic GmbH
Essener Strasse 5
46047 Oberhausen. Germany
Phone: 208 40952-49
Nature of business - Extraction of crude petroleum, Oil, Gas & Refineries