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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (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: "Mrs Jessica Wade" <Jessica@stopcontact.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2011 01:24:00 -0700
Subject: Stop Contacting Those People
I am Mrs Jessica Wade, 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. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Africa many years ago. I had paid over $8,000 usd 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 Rev. Ben Duke, who happens to be a member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE and also a legal Practitional. I contacted him and he explained everything to me that whosoever is contacting us through emails are fake.
He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. And right now i am the most happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $1,500,000.00. Moreover i was showed the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments but fortunately, your e-mail address was found on that list, Which was the MAIN reason i decided to send this message to you all to stop all contacts.
Get in touch with Rev Ben Duke directly on this information below.
JOAKIN COMPENSATION HOUSE
Name : Rev. Ben Duke
Phone Number.. +234-808 266 7183
NOTE: The only money i paid after i met Rev. Ben Duke was $320 Usd for paper works and Documentations. Take note of that and i'll advise you to Stop any other transactions.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs Jessica Wade