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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:
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- 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: "nathalie rose " <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 09:45:15 +0400
I wish you Happy New year good health and strength !
Happiness and joy ! Success and prosperity ! Honour and
love around your life.
My name is Mr. Jones G Sean, I am a Financial
Consultant/Task Force attached with the Central Bank of
Nigeria (CBN).I have received your payment file jacket
from the office of the senate committee on payment of
Government and inheritance over due funds US$7.5 Million.
We have been advised that the Central Bank, Ministry of
finance and other ministries has corruptly mismanaged the
payment of your fund. I have been detailed on how many
occasions your payment has been approved but you failed to
receive your payment .
However, I have been mandated to scrutinize your payment
file jackets and ensure that your fund is deposited into
your designated bank account as soon as possible . You are
required to forward your bank account co-ordinate and also
your contact address and phone numbers when responding to
enable us commence the process of remitting funds to your
bank account. This is to enable us to carry out the
immediate remittance of your fund without any hitch.
Note: all you have to do is to adhere to his instructions
for the immediate releasing of your fund with the
International Financial Remittance Systems.
I want you to re-confirm the information below.
1. Full Name:
3. Mobile phone Number:
I want you to get back to me via Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you received this
Mr. Jones G Sean
UN Financial Intelligence Action Task Force