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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. John Lopez" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 18 May 2010 18:22:01 +0100
Subject: Re: Federal Reserve Bank of New York ..
Federal Reserve Bank of New York .
33 Liberty St New York, 10038, USA
Attention Eduardo Guglielmino,
I am John Lopez; 50 years old, I am working with printing and minting unit of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Sometime ago two silver metar boxes was intercepted by the US customs at the JFK airport and brought to the Federal Reserve Bank, The boxes contained $100 bills to the amount of $21million and all were stamped.
I was mandated to examine the boxes and upon my examination; I found out that the first and second $100 bills were only stamped; it was actually brought in from Africa, apparently to deceive the US customs.
I used a diluted chemical to clean up the stamped and found the $100 bills perfect. My purpose of contacting you is that I found your information underneath of one the boxes as the beneficiary.
Further details would be giving upon your response to this message