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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "FROM OCEANIC BANK PLC." (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:57:21 -0800
Subject: CONTACT THE BARRISTER FOR YOUR FUND....
OFFICE OF OCEANIC BANK PLC.
ATM CARD PAYMENT NOTIFICATION.
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATION,
INTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENT,
ATTENTION HONOURABLE BENEFICIARY.
I am Mrs Rose Uka The Operation Director In Charge of Your ATM CARD delivery Here in Oceanic Bank Plc,I have been trying all Effort to Reach you with the information coming to my Desk that you are Dead and Of which,
We receive an email that you are dead and you ask one MR LARRY MOORE to come and claim your ATM Card of (5million, five hundred thousand United States dollars. ($5.5,000, 000.00USD). Your ATM Card that has been with us since 1 month now and he has also agreed to pay for the Security fee which is $250 UNITED STATE DOLLARS, so I am writing you to know if you are (DEAD OR ALIVE), if you do not reply back before 48hrs we will have no other alternative that to believe that are truly dead according to MR LARRY MOORE.
If you are still alive you can get back to us as fast as you can or you can call the Barrister in charge on his cell phone,take note that every thing has been paid for it is just for the Security fee that this MR LARRY MOORE has agreed to pay for, if you refuse to get back to us.
Am afraid we shall give him the ATM Card and collect the money from him and he will sign on your behalf and claim your ATM Card that means that he is right that you are dead and you ask him to come and claim the ATM Card on your behalf.
WE HAVE WITH US A SECRET PHOTO we took him and his Friend the day they came to our Office,Contact the Barrister and he will give it to you for Verification
Please take note that you have been given just 48hrs to get back to us so that we can know if you are alive,
Pls fill the Information Below and Contact Our Barrister In Charge of your File with Him,i will advice that you act fast with the Barristers proceedings in other to Avoid Any Undue Delay of your PACKAGE.
Name and Surname:
Driver License and Age:
Phone Number and Occupation:
......................BARRISTER CONTACT INFORMATION.................
Name: Barrister Martins Dike
Call me +2348060774261.
Contact the Barrister with your swift response in regard of this email we have received from MR LARRY MOORE
MR ROSE UKA....
OFFICE OF OCEANIC BANK PLC.
CONTACT THE BARRISTER FOR YOUR FUND....