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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 fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "diplomatic immunity" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: Lt General Michael Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2023 21:41:29 +0100
Subject: Attention: Unpaid Beneficiary, From Lt General Michael Brown (Rtd) I
await your urgent response.
I am Lt General Michael Brown (Rtd), National Security Adviser to President
Muhammad Buhari. I am delighted to inform you that the contract panel,
which just concluded it's seating in Abuja, just released your
name amongst contractors to benefit from the Diplomatic Immunity Payment. This
Panel was primarily delegated to investigate manipulated contract claims,
contracts and over-invoiced payment as the effect has eaten deep into the
economy of our dear country.
However, we wish to bring to your notice that your contract/inheritance profile
is still reflecting in our central computer as an unpaid contractor
was going on. Your contract/inheritance file was forwarded to my office by the
auditors as unclaimed fund, we wish to use this medium to inform you that for
the time being Federal Government of Nigeria have stopped further payment
through bank to bank transfer due to contractors' numerous petitions
to the United
Nations against Nigeria on wrong payment and diversion of contract funds to
In this regard we are going to send your contract/inheritance part payment of
25.7Million USD. To you via our accredited shipping company and I have secured
every needed document to cover the money. Note: The money is coming on two(2)
security proof boxes. The boxes are sealed with synthetic nylon seals and padded
with machines. Please don't have to worry about anything, as the
transaction is 100% risk free. The boxes are coming with a Diplomatic
will accompany the boxes to your house address. All you need to do now is to
send to me your full house address and your identity such as, international
passport or driver's license and your mobile phone and telephone number, The
Diplomatic agent will travel with it. He will call you immediately
when he arrives
your country's airport. I hope you understand me.
Please kindly get back to me today also with the requested information so that
we can proceed on this matter as soon as possible.
1)Your full name.
2)Phone, fax and mobile #.
3)company name, position and address.
4)profession, age and marital status.
5)Copy of lint's passport,driver's license,or any valid ID card.
Note: The diplomat does not know the original contents of the boxes. What l
declared to them as the contents is Sensitive Photographic Film Materials for
security reasons. I did not declare money to them please. If they call you and
ask you the contents please tell them the same thing OK.
Kindly Call me on my direct WhatsApp:+234-9063 257 758 and I will let
you know how far I have gone with the
arrangement.Kindly Confirm the receipt of this message and send the
requirements to me immediately you receive this message. Please I need an urgent
reply because the boxes are scheduled to live as soon as we hear from
you. WhatsApp Cell:+234-9063 257 758
Lt General Michael Brown (Rtd)
National Security Adviser to the President
Federal Republic of Nigeria.
WhatsApp Cell:+234-9063 257 758