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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "cheque " (Beware of any scheme that involves cashing checks or money orders and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere - you'll be liable for the entire amount if the checks or money orders turn out to be fake, even after you have received and forwarded cash. If it's a lottery prize, remember that real lotteries do not pay large prizes by check. They wire the money directly to your bank account and you do not pay for that. Many scammers promise a large check only in order to then demand payment of courier fees for a fake courier service. )
- "certified bank draft" (Beware of any scheme that involves cashing checks or money orders and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere - you'll be liable for the entire amount if the checks or money orders turn out to be fake, even after you have received and forwarded cash. If it's a lottery prize, remember that real lotteries do not pay large prizes by check. They wire the money directly to your bank account and you do not pay for that. Many scammers promise a large check only in order to then demand payment of courier fees for a fake courier service. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "MRS. GLORIA PATRICK" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2010 17:58:18 +0200
Subject: DEAR SCAMMED VICTIM!!!....
Attention Beneficairy, Best Info
I am Mrs. Betty Gloria Patrick, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here in New Braunfels Texas. My residential address is as follows. 108 Crockett Court. Apt 303, New Braunfels Texas,United States, am thinking of relocating since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $20,000.while in the US,trying to get my payment all to no avail.so I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, And I was directed to meet MR.ANTHONY EZE who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, and I contacted him and he explained everything to me.
He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake.He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment.Right now I am the most happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $1,000,000 (one million dollas)Moreover,MR.ANTHONY EZE, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries,and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you.
I will advise you to contact MR.ANTHONY EZE. You have to contact him directly on this information below.
COMPENSATION AWARD HOUSE
Name : MR.ANTHONY EZE
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.The only money I paid after I met MR.ANTHONY EZE was just $280usd for the paper works, take note of that.
( NOTE:TELLING YOU TO PAY FOR ANY DELIVERY OR COURIER CHARGE ,THAT IS ALL NOTHING BUT LIES,I REPEAT THE ONLY MONEY YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY AND
WHICH I ALSO PAID IS $280usd FOR THE ADMINISTRATIVE/ ENDORCEMENT CHARGE AS IMPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND YOUR PACKAGE CONTAINING YOUR CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT CHEQUE WILL BE REACHING YOU THROUGH THE GLOBAL REGULAR MAIL SERVICE. )
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact MR.ANTHONY EZE so that he can help you to Transfer your fund instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs.Betty Gloria Patrick