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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "swift card payment center" (this phrase is often used in the ATM card payment scam)
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "await your urgent response" (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 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: "FEDERAL BUREAU INVESTIGATION" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2009 13:04:17 +0100
Subject: SCAMMED VICTIMS COMPENSATION
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001, USA
ROBERT S. MUELLER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION SEEKING TO WIRETAP THE INTERNET
This mail serves as a listening ear to the victims of scam across the global world, We have been having a meeting for the past 7 months which ended 2 days ago with the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization on the ERADICATION of SCAMS on the Internet, Meanwhile, I want to use this opportunity to inform you that your fund had been gazette and approved for payment, but I am sorry for the late notification as i was very busy studying on the new SOFT WARE that will be used in getting the Internet Hackers and also we have informed the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F) in Spain about the Final processing of your overdue inheritance fund successfully to your designated bank account with the Monetary Agency without any further delay for monitoring.
This message is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the United Nations has agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$800,000 (Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which includes every foreign contractors that may not have received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc.
We have a database of victims and that is why we are contacting you, this has been deliberated upon and is among our set of priorities in making the world a better place by arranging your COMPENSATION of Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($800,000,00)through the SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER in Europe, America and Asia Pacific.
This card centre will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money in an ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum is ($4,500) Four Thousand Five Hundred US Dollars per transaction.
FUND TRANSFER PAYMENT STATUS.
This funds is programmed into an ATM Card for security purpose and It will be sent to you for usage at any ATM CASH CENTER of your choice and I was also made to understand that you will be liable to pay the sum of USD$850 ONLY directly to the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) for the endorsement of an INSURED STAMP and the release of your Card Verification Code which will be used by you as the rightful owner for withdrawer.
INSTRUCTION/WARNING FROM ROBERT S. MUELLER III.
YOU ARE ADVISED TO CONTACT THE NAICOM OFFICE WITH THE FOLLOWING DETAILS.
1). FULL NAMES
2). RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS
3). PHONE AND FAX
4). SCAN COPY OF YOUR IDENTITY (I.D CARD, INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT, DRIVERS
LICENSE OR SSN).
Henceforth, contact this Office immediately for the submission of the above information's.
Name: MR TOBAK JAMES DOLA
Position: Auditor General (NAICOM)
Note: we are on investigation and security watch over any message with the Insurance Company, to benefit the satisfaction of all the United States Citizen by seeking to wiretap scams on the internet with the help of United Nation and also with the assistance of all United States Citizen, by listening to the instructions we give out to avoid falling for SCAMS on INTERNET, Once again, we will advise that you contact the Naicom Insurance with the above email address and make sure you forward to them all the necessary information's that are listed above for the release of your fund to you accordingly.
Without wasting much time, we want you to contact them immediately with the above email address so as to enable them attend to your case accordingly without any further delay as time is already running out.
Should in case you need any more information's in regards to this notification, feel free to get back to us so that we can brief you more as we are here to guide you during and after this project has been completely perfected and you have received your contract fund as stated.
Thank you very much for your co-operation in advance as we earnestly await your urgent response to this matter.
Robert Swan Mueller III
Federal Bureau of Investigation(EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)