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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.
- 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:
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "charles soludo" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "abuja" (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.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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.
- 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: IMF <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2021 02:10:50 -0700
Subject: INSTRUCTION TO RELEASE YOUR FUND
*( I.M.F ) Head OfficeSenior ResidentRepresentative9 Hon. Justice
<RR-NG@imf.org> INSTRUCTION TO RELEASE YOUR FUNDATTENTION:This is to
intimate you of a very important piece of information which will be of a
great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been
experiencing in getting your long overdue payment due to excessive demand
for money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Companies
after which your fund remain unpaid to you.I am Mr Amine Mati, a highly
placed official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It may interest
you to know that reports have reached our office by so many correspondences
on the uneasy way which people like you are treated by Various Banks and
Courier Companies/ Diplomat across Europe to Africa and Asia /London Uk and
we have decided to put a stop to that and that is why I was appointed to
handle your transaction here in Nigeria.All Governmental and
Non-Governmental prostates, NGOs, Finance Companies, Banks, Security
Companies and Courier companies which have been in contact with you of late
have been instructed to back up from your transaction and you have been
advised NOT to respond to them anymore since the IMF is now directly in
charge of your payment.The most annoying thing is that the bad officials
won't tell you the truth that on no account will they ever release the fund
to you, instead they allow you spend money unnecessarily, I do not intend
to work here all the days of my life, I can release this fund to you if you
can certify me of my security. I need to help you release the funds because
you need to know the status of your funds and cause for the delay, Please
this is like a Mafia setting in Nigeria, you may not understand it because
you are not a Nigerian. Listed below are the mafia's and banks behind the
non release of your funds that I managed to sneak out for your kind
perusal.PLEASE CHECK AMONG THESE NAMES IF THERE IS ANY ONE AMONG THEN WHO
HAVE SCAMMED YOU, IF YES GET BACK TO ME FOR LEGAL ACTION TO BE TAKEN.1)
Prof. Charles soludo(CBN)2) Senator David Mark 3) Chief Lamido
Sanusi(CBN) 4) John Rob(Barclays bank plc)5) Mrs Stella Brown(Barclays bank
plc)6) Ronald Franklin7) Barrister Ucheuzo Williams 8) Mr. Ernest Chukwudi
Obi9) Mr. Mike JomboDeputy Governor - Policy / Board Member10) Mr. Tunde
LemoDeputy Governor - Financial Sector Surveillance / Board Member(11) Mrs.
W. D. A. Mshelia Deputy GoveTEL +234-8087056164 nor - Corporate Services /
Board Members12) Mrs. Anthony Nnamoi(Diplomat)13) Mr. Adam Smith(Diplomat)
AND SO MANY OF THEM NOT LISTED 14) JOHN Aboh First Bank PLC15) John Lee
IMF)16) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala ( Boards of Standard Chartered Bank) You are
hereby advised NOT to remit further payment to any institutions with
respect to your transaction as your fund will be transferred to you
directly from our source. I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to
this instruction is at your own risk. Respond to this e-mail on
(firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>) with immediate effect
and we shall give you further details on how your fund will be
released.Reconfirm the information below 1. Full Name:2. Address:3.
Nationality: 4. Age: Date of Birth:5. Occupation:6. Phone:
Mobile/Cellular:....................Fax:..7. State of Origin:8. Copy of
your identity Card:Also Call me as soon as you receive the letter so that
you will be given an immediate response: Direct Hotline: EMAIL
(firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>) Regards,Mr. Amine
Mati (I.M.F)Foreign Affairs Nigeria.Phone:+234-9061276783*