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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:
- "million us 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)
- "fund beneficiary" (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)
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- "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. )
- "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: "FBI" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:02:30 +1100
Subject: Your $15 million US Dollars compensation is ready for claims
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:
This is Federal Bureau of Investigation,based WASHINGTON, D.C enhanced by the United Nations and right now we are presently in West Africa Nigeria working as representative solicitors to the United Nations,In the course of a recently concluded Series of meetings that have been held over the past 7 months with the secretary general of the United Nations Organization. This meeting ended 5 days ago.
In the meeting the united nation (UN) concluded that the Federal Bureau of Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division Investigation (FBI)should make an investigation's based on past to 2011 fraudsters in African regions and also to make arrests of any suspected fraudsters in these African regions.
In collaboration with the present governments of Nigeria, Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and South Africa.We right to you just to inform you that, we the UN security operatives solicitors (FBI) have so far arrested over 957 fraudsters in both west and south African regions and prosecuted over 300 government and banking officials and arrest is still going on.
So far, the UN security operative solicitors (FBI) has also recovered about $25.1 Billion from both cash in accounts and properties and assets confiscated. It is from the address books of the arrested officials that your email address was recovered.
Right now, the United Nations (UN) and their Africa Union (AU) counterpart is paying a $15 million US Dollars compensation to those whose emails addresses and other personal data are recovered from these arrested officials, and also paying full contract or inheritance and wining amounts to those with provable information qualifying them as genuine contractors and beneficiaries of funds in the affected countries.
Which Category do you fall? Have you lost money to scam? or are you still in communication with anyone? Are you a legitimate contractor and fund beneficiary in any of the affected countries? Please respond to this e-mail for your compensation payment to be released to you.
Please, indicate clearly as you get back to us for proper guidelines and details on how to receive your compensation/full payment.
As one outside Nigeria where we are now,your compensation/full payment will be giving to you by ATM CARD or by CHEQUE
If it is by 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 2015. 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.
If it is by CHEQUE:it will 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 in the next 31 days and you will only need to pay $250.
Take note that anyone asking you for some kind of money above or less than 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 $250.00 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 just yesterday
Name: Donna L. Vargas: UPS Tracking Number: 1Z757F991598420403 (www.ups.com)
Name: Rovenda Elaine Clayton: UPS Tracking Number: 1Z757F991596606592
Note: Everything has been taken care of by the (UN) including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is $250.
DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYONE UNTIL YOU READ THIS:The shipping fee would have been higher than 250 buth 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 reduced from the normal fee to $250 so nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort!
To effect the release of your fund valued at $15 million US Dollars you are advised to contact our delivery officer.Dr Micheal Jonathan who is the rightful person and also the Brother to the Nigeria PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan with this information below,
You are advised to contact him with the information's as stated below:
Your full Name..
Preferred Payment Method (ATM / Cashier Cheque)
PRESIDENT Good Jonathan gave this job to his brother to deal with it because he knows that his brother Dr Micheal Jonathan is a Good man just as he is and also a person that he can trust that can pay back to any beneficiary he/her fund back with no bribes or losses.
Upon receipt of payment,we will not whant you to be worried about any thing, because we guarantee you that the delivery officer will ensure that your package is sent within 24 working hours in your door step and you have to be around to recieve it when the delievry officer will arrived to deliever your package to you ok
Miss Donna Story
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM CARD, you are only adviced to be in contact with Dr Micheal Jonathan of the ATM CARD CENTER 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.