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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 beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- "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: "MRS DONA KINGS" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 21:26:50 +0700
Subject: UNITED NATIONS DELIVERY NOTIFICATION
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc
Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
Office Hours Monday To Saturday:
Series of meetings have been held over the past 7 months with the secretary general of the
United Nations Organization. This ended 3 days ago. It is obvious that you have not
received your fund which is to the tune of $9.8million due to past corrupt Governmental
Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some
individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund
which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau
of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the current president of Nigeria his
Excellency President Goodluck Jonathan to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts
owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive
their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes. Now how would you like to
receive your payment? because we have two method of payment which is by Check or by ATM
ATM Card: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you will use to withdraw
up to $3,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it and the card
have to be renewed in 4 years time which is 2014. Also with the ATM card you will be able
to transfer your funds to your local bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or
manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Even if you do not have a bank account.
Check: To be deposited in your bank for it to be cleared within three working days. Your
payment would be sent to you via any of your preferred option and would be mailed to you
via UPS. Because we have signed a contract with UPS which should expire by the end of
September 2010 you will only need to pay $135 instead of $420 saving you $285 So if you pay
before September 28 2010 you save $285 Take note that anyone asking you for some kind of
money above the usual fee is definitely a fraudsters and you will have to stop
communication with every other person if you have been in contact with any. Also remember
that all you will ever have to spend is $135.00 nothing more! Nothing less! And we
guarantee the receipt of your fund to be successfully delivered to you within the next
24hrs after the receipt of payment has been confirmed.
Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from UPS website to confirm people
like you who have received their payment successfully.
Name : Donna L. Vargas: UPS Tracking Number: 1Z757F991598420403 (www.ups.com)
Name : Rovenda Elaine Clayton: UPS Tracking Number: 1Z757F991596606592 (www.ups.com)
Note: Everything has been taken care of by the Federal Government of Nigeria, The United
Nation and also the FBI and including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you
will ever need to pay is $135.
DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYONE UNTIL YOU READ THIS: The actual fees for shipping your ATM card
is $420 but because UPS have temporarily discontinued the C.O.D which gives you the chance
to pay when package is delivered for international shipping We had to sign contract with
them for bulk shipping which makes the fees reduce from the actual fee of $420 to $135
nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort!
To effect the release of your fund valued at $9.8million you are advised to contact our
correspondent in Africa the delivery officer MR. DAVID WILLIAMS with the information below,
You are adviced to contact him with the informations as stated below:
Your full Name..
Preferred Payment Method ( ATM / Cashier Check )
Upon receipt of payment the delivery officer will ensure that your package is sent within
24 working hours. Because we are so sure of everything we are giving you a 100% money back
guarantee if you do not receive payment/package within the next 24hrs after you have made
the payment for shipping.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
MRS DONA KINGS
Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in
possession of your ATM CARD, you are hereby advice only to be in contact with Mr. Williams
DAVID of the ATM CARD CENTRE who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM
CARD PAYMENT and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act
upon and commence investigation.