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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Ms Tina Ibru" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 02:36:30 -0800
It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of $1.8million due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund.
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations have successfully passed a mandate to the current president of Nigeria his Excellency President Umaru Yaradua to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum,Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes.
Now your payment will be send to you by ATM card that will be coming alongside a custom pin which you will use to withdraw up to $10,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it.
Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Your payment would be sent to you via UPS or FedEx. Because we have signed a contract with them which should expired by June 20th 2010. Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from UPS and Fedex website to confirm people like you who have received their payment successfully.
Name:J2261466148 John krasnow (www.ups.com)
Name:J2261466111 Roberts LaTanya (www.ups.com)
Name : Christine Fuller:UPS Tracking Number: J2261466139 (www.ups.com)
Name : Mary Brodhead: UPS Tracking Number:J2261466095(www.ups.com)
To effect the release of your fund valued at $1.8million you are advised to contact the director of payment and delivery officer
Name: Mr Kenneth Adoga.
TELEPHONE NUMBER: +234-807-344-1023
On contacting him do provide him with the following informations:
Your full Name:
Mrs Tita Ibru
Nigerian Payment Reprensative Officer.
CC: National Central Bureau of Interpol