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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)
- "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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Mary Susan Derrik"<firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2011 12:53:05 -0500
Subject: STOP CONTACTING THOSE SCAMMERS
How are you today and hope this email meets you in good state of mind?
I am Mrs Mary Susan Derrik. I am a US citizen and i am 48 years Old. I reside
here in 1051 Site Dr.Brea, CA 92821 USA. and i am thinking of relocating
since I am now rich at the moment.
I am one of those that took part in the United Nations Compensation
program in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me. I had paid
over $20,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment but all was to no
So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents,
And I was directed to meet Barrister Ayid Robert, who is the member of
COMPENSATION AWARD AUTHORITY and a Human Rights Activist (Lawyer), and I
contacted him and he explained everything to me on how my fund will be
released to me successfully without any delay.
He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake
and he also took me to the paying bank (United Bank Of Africa) for the claim of my
Right now, I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my
compensation funds of TWO MILLION AND FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS.
$2,500,000.00 moreover, Barrister Ayid Robert in Malaysia showed me the full information of those that
are yet to receive their payments and i saw your email as one of the beneficiaries
who have not yet receivedthe payment under CASE FILE 54AC003 and that is why I decided to email you
to stop dealing with any organisation claiming to be with your fund because African is home of scam contact
Barrister Sallam now in Malaysia.
They are not with your fund, they are and will only be making money off you.
Therefore, i would advise you to contact Barrister Ayid Robert for
assistance and inform him that your CASE FILE is 54AC003.
Contact him as directly via the information below.
Name : Barrister Ayid Robert
Kindly file out the following details and forward to him for proper confirmation:
Your Full Names:
Date Of Birth:
Direct Cell Number:
I strongly believe that once you send him all the required details then he will
start Facilitating for immediate release of your fund to you.
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 Ayid Robert was just $300 for
the paper works, take note of that.
Please dont disclose to the office that i contacted you in aspect of this matter.
All you have to do is to quote your case file number CASE FILE 54AC003 as
the subject while sending Barrister Ayid Robert email and also try to give him a
call so he can treat your matter as urgent cause he us always a busy man as been
observed while i spent some time with him in getting my fund.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs Mary Susan Derrik
Trustee/Treasurer, Triad Foundation Inc.
1051 Site Dr.Brea, CA 92821 USA
Education: BS, Business Administration