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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:
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "any lucrative business in your country" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "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)
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- 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)
- the funds to your country . : email address:email@example.com
Fraud email example:
From: "MRS. DIEZANI ALISON MADUEKE" <argalis_January_maoji@outlook.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 14:34:23 +0000
Subject: REFERENCE BUSINESS TRANSACTION
FROM THE DESK OF MRS. DIIEZANI. ALISON. MADUEKE
TO YOU WITH ALL DUE RESPECT PLEASE.
MY NAME IS BARR. DAVID. RICHARDS FAMILY LAWYER TO MRS. DEZANI ALISON MADUEKE
FORMER PETROLEUM MINISTER 2015 IN NIGERIA UNDER PRESIDENT GOOD LUCK
DUE TO MY LOYALTY AND AS FAMILY LAWYER ALL THE
YEARS , MY CLIENT AS QUOTED ABOVE HAVE MANDATED / ASK ME TO SEARCH
FOR A RELIABLE GOD FEARING PERSON TO PARTNER WITH HER TO INVEST THE
SUM $145,000,000.00 DOLLARS
PRESENTLY LODGED IN A BANK IN USA FOR A LUCRATIVE BUSINESS
THAT WILL YIELD INCREASE OR PROCEED INSTEAD OF BEING DUMPED WITHOUT
USAGE NOT YIELDING ANY GOOD INTEREST AT MOMENT .. I DO NOT MIND ANY
LUCRATIVE BUSINESS IN YOUR COUNTRY .
ACCORDING TO HER SITUATION OVER THIS NIGERIAN WHISTLE BLOWERS ALL
AROUND SHE IS AT THE VERGE OF LOSING IT BY THOSE NEWLY INAUGURATED OR
INTRODUCED WHISTLE BLOWERS IN NIGERIA , THEY CALL IT OPERATION LOCATE
OR GIVE SUCH INFORMATION WHERE BIG FUNDS ARE LODGED FOR THEM TO GAIN SOME
GIFTS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS .
I DO NOT WANT HER ACCOUNT TO BE LOCATED OR FOUND ITS HER HARD EARN SWEAT.
ALL I NEED IS AN HONEST PERSON WHO WILL PARTNER WITH HER AND RECEIVE
THIS MONEY ON HER BEHALF AND HELP HER TO INVEST IN ANY LUCRATIVE BUSINESS
WITH THE MONEY OR IN ANY INVESTMENT THAT IS WITHOUT RISK EVEN IF ITS
WITH LOW PROFIT BUT STABLE.
PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS ABSOLUTELY WITHOUT RISK
BUT IN CASE YOU HAVE DOUBT YOU CAN VIEW THE NEWS REPORT ON WEB SITES
SHE MADE THE MONEY THROUGH CONSULTANCY FEE AND APPRECIATION PAID BY
FOREIGN OIL COMPANIES PRIOR TO ALLOCATION OF DEEP WATER OIL BLOCKS AND
NIGERIA IS THE 6TH LARGEST PRODUCER/EXPORTER OF CRUDE PETROLEUM IN THE
AS YOU ARE PROBABLY AWARE THIS PRESENT ADMINISTRATION OF BUHARI IS
GOING ROUND THE WORLD SEEKING FOR WHERE THE PAST ADMINISTRATION KEEP
MONEY SO THAT HE CAN CONFISCATE IT OR KNOWN AS WHISTLE BLOW .
I THEREFORE RESOLVED TO INVEST THIS MONEY INTO YOUR COMPANY ABROAD FOR
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH US PLEASE SEND TO YOUR DETAILS
WHICH INCLUDES YOUR MOBILE PHONE NUMBERS SO THAT WE CAN SIGN
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WHICH WILL STAND AS A BINDING AGREEMENT.
PRESENTLY I BASED IN THE USA BUT IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO WORK WITH ME
THEN REACH ME ON MY TELEPHONE FOR ME TO ARRANGE THE NEXT WAY FORWARD
FOR US TO MEET FACE TO FACE AND MOVE THE FUNDS TO YOUR COUNTRY . :
BARR DAVID RICHARD
P.A TO MRS. DIEZANI ALISON MADUEKE
THE FUNDS COULD BE USED FOR LAND SURVEYORS THAN BEING SEIZED HERE IN
NIGERIA PLS CONSIDER THIS DECISION
REFERENCE BUSINESS TRANSACTION