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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:
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 15:00:40 +0100
Subject: FROM THE DESK OF DR. CARL BRAITHWAIT
FROM THE DESK OF DR. CARL BRAITHWAIT
UNITED BANK UNITED KINDOM
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND AGENCY
INTERNATIONAL OPERATION DEPT
Good day , this is to inform you of your Long overdue Payment
outstandingin our Banking records . I saw your name in the Central
Computer amonglist of unpaid inheritance claims individuals and have to
update your informations through this email contact for immediate
Your name appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive
apart-paymentof US$10.500,000 million (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand
Dollars) and it has been approved already for payment months ago .
However we received an email from one Mr.Kennedy Franklin who told us that
he is your next of kin and that you died in a car accident last four
months back . He has also submitted his account informations to the office
department for transfer of the fund to him as your inheritor.
We are now verifying by contacting your email address as we have in our
Bank record before we can make the transfer into his account and for us to
conclude confirmation if you are dead or not.
Please , confirm response immediately before our action release of the
outstanding payment against your name listed out . Upon this, i request
you send your full personal information as soon as possible to enable this
department finalize the transfer of the fund release to your nominated
foreign Bank Account.This department needs the following informations from
2,Telephone Or Fax Number........................
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This E-Mail is intended only for the use of the
individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information
that is privileged,confidential and exempt from disclosure under
applicable law.Once again , I apologize to you on behalf of International
Monetary fund Agency towards this contact and proper confirmation required
urgently from you if alive .
DR. CARL BRAITHWAIT
International Monetary Fund Agency
INTERNATIONAL OPERATION DEPT