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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million dollars" (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)
- ",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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: officepayment dept <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 01:53:29 -0700
Subject: Hello Greetings
It will be nice to hearing from you to give me an audience to discuss on
Introduction; We want to invest in your Country.
Scope:5-year business plan in place for Agricultural Products /Real Estates
/Ngo as fast consumer moving profitable businesses globally.
Vision; We intend to be the main supplier or sole distributor globally that
supplies products /Estates in the market.
Objective: To increase market penetration for Agricultural products / real
Estates. Review branding and advertising products.
Objective: Set up a program for all Agricultural products / real Estates.
Marketing goals for next 6 months, with weekly targets and review monthly.
To achieve the above we have an immediate need to relocate US$12,000,000.00
Million Dollars that is deposited to security vault company by the family
of Ex.Pm Malaysia Najip Rasak want to relocate the money due to the
Problems Mr Najip Rasak is facing now in prison. see the website .
in-1mdb. Due to the situation He instructed me to move out other monies $12
million dollars cash deposit in a private vault out for investment.Those
money are ready now. You will have 30% share of the money for assisting to
relocate it to your Country.Pls keep the secret. You have to send me your
WhatsApp phone number and contact address numbers so I can contact you. Am
the P/A Project Advisor and he instructed me to secure other Monies into
investment that is the reason we contacted you of if there is any other
Projects plans you have let us know thru my email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a nice day., Awaits your urgent reply.
Thanks and yours Truly
Mr Nurudeen Lawani,