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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- ",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)
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Senetor david Mark <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 10:49:44 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: SWIFT CREDIT CARD
The National Assembly,
Federal Republic Of Nigeria,
P.M.B 509,Garki Abuja,
IMMEDIATE PAYMENT NOTIFICATION VIA ATM CARD.
OUTSTANDING PAYMENT NOTIFICATION:
Attention : ,
In response to complaints we have been receiving from many foreigners with
reference to the scam activities of African Scammers. In an attempt to
reconcile Nigeria with such affected countries as yours, the Sum of
US$4,500,000.00 has been mapped out as recompense to each victim.
These compensation committee was newly set up by the senate, due to the
Official directives from the newly appointed President Dr Goodluck
Jonathan.He signed an official memorandum of understanding with the United
State President BARACK OBAMA,The World Bank And International Monetary
Fund(IMF) to make some amendment in order to remove the countries name
from the current World Crime List. Fortunately for you, your email was
randomly selected among the list of Beneficiaries.
The NFIU and IMF mapped out payment by ATM CREDIT CARD as the only
means of payment, hence your recompense amount has been issued
in the ATM CREDIT CARD which shall be sent to you as soon as possible
through which you can cash your money via Any ATM machine any where in the
world. It was Resolved and Agreed that your compensation would be
released on a special method of payment which tag name reads SWIFT CREDIT
You are advised to send the following information's:
Next Of Kin:..............
As soon as the information is received, it would be forwarded to the
approved BANK by the SENATE for immediate processing and debiting of your
fund in your favor.
NOTE: Its good to bring to your notice that other Beneficiaries have
started enjoying these Benefits.
Below are few list of tracking
numbers you can track from UPS website to
confirm people like you who have received their payment successfully.
Official website: http://www.ups.com
Name :William quiring
UPS Tracking Number:1Z388VT40193510200
Name :Charles dick
UPS Tracking Number:1Z388VT40191983418
Name :Angie Moore
UPS Tracking Number:1Z388VT40194678976
Name :Jevaughn Barnes
UPS Tracking Number:1Z388VT40190533987
Name :Sharon Lee McCarty
Name : Donna L. Vargas:
UPS Tracking Number: A3722239171
Name : Rovenda Elaine Parsey:
UPS Tracking Number:A3722239055
Senator David Mark
Head Compensation Committee
CC: Federal Bureau of Investigation
CC: National Central Bureau of Interpol