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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",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)
- "i will advice you " (this email uses bad English)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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: "Mrs. Joleen Moore" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:49:25 +0200
Subject: contact Barrister Derek Richard (SAN) A.S.A.P
I'm Mrs. Joleen Moore of Tampa, FL 33629, I'm a US citizen, 51yrs Old. I'm one
of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they
refused to pay me, I had paid over $48,000 while in the US, trying to get my
payment all to no avail.
So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my contract documents,
and I was
directed to meet the Attorney in charge of contract and beneficiary
funds, And I
was directed to meet Barrister Richard Derek (SAN), who is a member of
COMPENSATION AWARD AUTHORITY and a Human Rights Activist (Lawyer), and I
contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whosoever has been
contacting us through emails are fake.
He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right
now I'm the most happiest woman on earth because I have received my
funds amounting 0f $5,000,000.00 usd Moreover, Barrister Richard Derek (SAN),
showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments
and I saw your email as one of those who are yet to receive their fund, So I
decided to email you to stop dealing with those people if they have
because they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you. I
will advise you to contact Barrister Ricard Derek (SAN)
I will advice you to contact the attorney in charge of funds issues and
beneficiaries, Barrister Ricard Derek (SAN) now so as for him to assist you in
getting your fund transfer into your bank account.
COMPENSATION AWARD AUTHORITY
Name : Barrister Richard Derek (SAN)
Phone Number: +234-805-587-1543
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and
telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with
them, they are
only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.
The only money I paid after I met Barrister Richard Derek (SAN) was just $1520
for the paper works, so you have to take note of that.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs. Joleen Moore
Trustee/Treasurer, Triad Foundation Inc.
1902 South Wykagyl Street
Tampa, FL USA. 33629
Education: BS, Business Administration.