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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:
- "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)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- 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: "Chief Edward Kanez" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2022 12:15:30 +0100
Subject: From Chief Edward Kanez
My name is Chief Edward Kanez, a Director Purchase and Procurement
department of Federal Ministry of health in Nigeria. It is with trust
and confidence that i write you believing that you will be capable to
partner with me in this transaction of mutual benefit.
I am contacting to present you as a contractor for transfer a sum of
$,7000,000.00 which was realized from over invoiced contract for
purchase of Covid 19 Vaccine last year2021 for my country. This amount
is in a suspense account of my Ministry awaiting approval for transfer
to a safe account abroad to be share with you.
I therefore seek your permission to involve you as a foreign
contractor to receive this money in your bank account as a
sub-contractor. I am offering you 50% ($3.5M )of the total money if you
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can work with us to receive the money in your account.
Under our government Civil service code of conduct, we are restricted
by law from operation foreign account that is why i contacted you.
Your interest will always be protected as this is 100% risk free
If you are interested, please reply back for more details and send the
information as stated below for processing of the transfer payment
International Passport i.d
The transaction is 100% risk and will take only 5 working days to be
completed as all arrangement for the transfer have been made before
contacting you. Send your reply also to my direct Email address:
Awaiting your response.
Chief Edward Kanez