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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "activation fee" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "FBI SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 02:36:25 -1200
Subject: Re: ATM CARD PAYMENT NOTIFICATION??
MR. JAMES B.COMEY III
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI.WASHINGTON DC.
FBI SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION SEEKING TO WIRETAP THE INTERNET.
This is to inform you that I have paid the re_activation fee and the delivery charge of your Atm master card,I paid it because the ATM MASTER CARD code is 8119 and
We hope this notification arrives meeting your good health and mind. We the FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) Washington, DC in conjunction with some other relevant investigation agencies here in the United STATES of America have recently been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you have an over-due payment in the tone of USD $10Million with JP Morgan Chase Bank, California branch which was deposited with the bank in your favor accordingly by the UNITED NATIONS as Lottery Funds.
It might interest you to know that we have taken our time in screening through this project as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have finally confirmed that your payment/transaction with JP Morgan Chase Bank, California branch is 100% genuine and hitch free from all faces and of which you have the lawful right to claim your funds without any further delay. Having said all this, we will further advise that you go ahead in dealing with the JP Morgan Chase Bank, California branch accordingly as we will be monitoring all their activities with you as well as your correspondence at all levels.
USD$4.5 million inside has less than a month to expire,and when it expires,the money inside will go into government purse as an unclaimed funds while you have suffered a lot to receive your funds.with that I decided to help you pay the money so that your ATM MASTER CARD will not expire,because I know that when you receive it efinitely you must pay me
back my money and even compensate me for helping you.
Now I want you to contact DHL DELIVER COMPANY with your full delivery information's such as
NOTE: There are numerous scam emails on the internet, imposters impersonating names and images. We therefore warn our dear citizens to be very careful with any claim email you receive prior to these irregularities so that they do not fall victim to this ugly circumstance anymore. And should in case you are already dealing with anybody or office claiming that you have a payment with them, you are to STOP further contact with them immediately in your best interest and contact the real bank JP Morgan Chase Bank, California branch only where your fund is laying, with the below information:
Bank Name: JP Morgan Chase Bank
Address: 6120 W. Tropicana Ave., Ste A. 4,
Attn: Mr. Lambert Huddles
Phone:+1 716- 795-2048
Contact the bank today and furnish them with this information below for processing of your payment/funds accordingly.
DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER:
INCLUDE YOUR ID CARD FOR DELIVERY VERIFICATION:
They will deliver your ATM MASTER CARD to your designated home address without any more delay.like I started earlier,the delivery charges has been paid but I did not pay their daily accurate charges since they refused.
The reason for their refusal was that they do not know when you are going to contact them and the dummorage might have increase.they told me that their daily accurate charge is $39.5 per day and I deposited it 2 days ago so I think
it will only cost you $378 if you contact them today,kindly contact the Chief delivery officer immediately to avoid the increase of the accurate charge
We has been Monitoring you since you need to go ahead and Claim your fund
Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation.
MR. JAMES B.COMEY III
Federal Bureau of Investigation.
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C.
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