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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:
- "international remittance department" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- "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 mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "From; Mrs. Mary Ann" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2021 00:55:22 +0100
Subject: FROM; MRS MARY ANN MADU, IMPORTANT INFORMATION PART PAYMENT OF
($18.7M ) ..2021
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
PAYMENT NOTIFICATION CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
Direct Phone +234-9051588090
OFFICE CODE:(CBN 1960)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PART PAYMENT OF ($18.7
Attention; Youths Support Mohammed Bin Salman
I am Mrs. Mary Ann the confidential Secretary to the past Central
Bank of Nigeria Governor (CBN) Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. I have an
urgent information that is vital to you, if you promise that you will
not betray me.
The information is about your outstanding payment with the Federal
government of Nigeria which you are supposed to receive through the
apex bank in the 2nd quarter 2014.
My past boss and some of his colleagues in government are involved in
your transaction has conspired to divert your funds to another
account, and the strategy they employed is by demanding several
charges from you, so that you will feel be frustrated and abandon the
fund,thereby it will open an avenue for them to refer your fund as
unclaimed and it will be transferred to their coded account, you can
see all your effort and money you spent to receive this money but all
your effort is in vain.
Our President mandated my retired boss to release your funds to you
which failed before he was suspended and sacked shamefully due to
fraudulent activities and other miscellaneous offense that led to the
appointment of Godwin Emefiele, new governor.
Please this information I am giving to you is a great risk on my
side,i know that you will not forget my effort.
Please if you are not going to put me into trouble about this
development, kindly contact me , As I will give you more further
details on how to proceed towards the successful remittance of your
1 YOUR FULL NAMES ---------------
2 YOUR DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER -------------------
3 YOUR CONTACT ADDRESS ---------------------------
4 YOUR OCCUPATION/POSITION ---------------------------
S A SCAN COPY OF YOUR OFFICIAL ID ---------------------
WAITING FOR YOUR URGENT RESPONDS OK
I look forward to hear from you.
Mrs. Mary Ann