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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Jonathan Mozes Nassey"<email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2022 12:35:07 -0700
Subject: LETTER OF PARTNERSHIP
I am Jonathan Nassey a Taiwan origin, representing the operation and corporate affairs in contract matters of Exxon Mobil Corporation in London.
As an operational corporate affairs representative of Exxon Mobil that handle contract matters, I successfully over invoiced a contract few years ago which is not known by anybody, I need your full cooperation and partnership to re-profile this contract funds amounting to £4.2M GBP to your name as the contractor that executed this contract in Malaysia.
The fund will be paid to you through a Financial Institution where it is presently deposited once the filing and documentation process is concluded in your name as the contractor who executed the contract successfully. Most importantly, you will be required to fill your data's stated below to enable me arrange legal documents that will proof you as a sole contractor with Exxon Mobil Corporation.
(1). Stand as the beneficiary/contractor with Exxon Mobil to receive the funds as I will present you before the firm with legal documents. (2). Receive the funds into a business/personal bank account in your country. (3). At the completion of this transaction, the sharing rates shall be 60% for me, 40% for you.
(4) Full Names:
(5) Current Address:
Note: Do not contact my office number or company email for security reasons. Get back to me as soon as possible For more details about the funds.
Mr. Jonathan Mozes Nassey