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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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- = best regards, engr. c.j.pinto private email:: firstname.lastname@example.org office email: : email@example.com =20 (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.JP.Sonangol" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2021 17:28:42 -0700
Subject: Angolan Cude Partnership!!.3
ATTN: CEO / Managing Director,
I decided to approach you for a possible partnership in a multi-million do=
llar project in crude oil trading. The company I work for is Sonangol=3000 =
Sociedade Nacional de Combustiveis de Angola,We have urgent need for 2 mill=
ion barrel of Crude Oil per month for 12 months (1 year) from MINPET (ANGOL=
A MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM).
As we are going to be lifting 2 Million barrels per a month from the block=
.The USD$4.00 discount from block sums up to USD$8 Million per a month, and=
the USD$2.00 from Sonangol=3000 Sociedade Nacional de Combustiveis de Ango=
la comes to USD$4 Million per a month. This will make a total of USD$12 Mil=
lion gross earning/income to our group per a transaction per month. On equi=
ty sharing ratio, both of us will be netting a total USD$12 Million as prof=
Feel free to ask for clarifications to enable you understand this process =
Private email:: email@example.com
Office email: : sonangol-JP@consultant.com