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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:
- "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.
- 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: "Rev. Jeremy Owen Douglas" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 07:56:08 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: SCAMMED VICTIMS/REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654 AMT: US$1,200,000 USD.
SCAMMED VICTIMS BENEFICIARIES PAYMENTS.
REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654 AMT: US$1,200,000 USD.
This is to bring to your notice that I am delegated from the United Nations to Central Bank of Benin/Apex Bank of Benin to pay 150 scammed victims $1,200,000 USD ( One Million Two Hundred Thounsand United States Dollars ) each. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount, get back to me as soon as possible for the immediate payment of your $1,200,000 USD compensation funds.
On this faithful recommendations, I want you to know that during the last U.N meeting held at London, United Kingdom on last July 2009. It was alarmed so much by the world in the meetings on the lose of funds by various individuals/companies to the scam artists operating insyndicates all over the world today.
In other to compensate victims, United Nations is now paying 150 victims of this operators $1,200,000 USD each in accordance with the U.N. recommendations. Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Benin Republic, the payments are to be paid by Central Bank of Benin as corresponding paying Bank under funding assistance by The Barclays Bank, London or World Bank Switzerland for funds remittance. Benefactor will be cleared and recommended for payment by APEX BANK OF BENIN.
According to the number of applicants at hand, 114 Beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United States, we still have more 36 left to be paid the compensations of $1,200,000 USD each. Your particulars was mentioned by one of the Syndicates who was arrested as one of their victims of the operations, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him/them for any reason what so ever as the U.S secret service is already on trace of the other criminals. So keep it secret till they are all apprehended. Other victims who have not been contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and possible consideration.
You can receive your compensation payment via any of this options as you may Choose, DRAFT/CHEQUE PAYMENTS or WIRE TRANSFERS. I shall feed you with further modalities as soon as I hear from you.
Please reply through my private e-mail:
email@example.com or call on Tel: +229-96-306-288
Rev. Jeremy Owen Douglas