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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: "Ichwan Raden" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2020 06:16:47 -0800
Subject: Peace Be Unto You from Ichwan Raden
Peace Be Unto You
I am Ichwan Raden Mas, the project Engineer with Al Shafar General Contracting (ASGC) a Construction Company here in Abu Dhabi U.A.E, some years back my organization awarded contracts to some foreign firms and this contract was over inflated over a period of years to the tune of eight million five hundred thousand America dollars in order for me to benefit from this contract.
However the original contractors have been paid their contract sum and the accrued balance which is eight million five hundred thousand America dollars have been lying in a suspense account in one of the Bank in awaiting remittance.
I wish to have a deal with you as regards to this unpaid fund as all datas are correct and it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these funds to the company's contract review board therefore I use this opportunity to write you based on the instructions received three days ago from the to submit the list of payment the company's reports/expenditures and audited reports of revenues before the end of next week.
If you AGREE with my offer, I want you to send to me now your
FULL ADDRESS :
and a DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER:
and this business will commence without delay as I will proceed to fix your name on the payment list instantly for approval before the end of next week.
I hope you do not reject this offer as I await your reply soon.
Ichwan Raden Mas