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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.
- 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: "COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:48:17 -0800
Subject: COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE
I am Mr. Robert Gammon, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here in Texas. My residential address is as follows. 217 J Morgan St
Forest City NC 28043, United States of America, I am one of those that took part in Compensation in Nigeria (2) years ago and they
refused to pay me, I had paid over US$14,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail.
So I decided to travel down to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I), office in WASHINGTON D.C with all my compensation documents,
and I was directed by the ( F.B.I) Director Mr. Robert Muller to contact MR FIDELIX WOODG WOODGATE, who is a representative of the
(F. B .I) and a member of the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, currently in UK-LONDON. And I contacted him and explained
everything to him. He made me to understand that whoever has been contacting me through all this while are scammers.
He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation funds. Right now I am a happy man because I have received my
compensation funds of US$2.5, 000.000,00 United States Dollars Only Moreover,MR FIDELIX WOODG WOODGATE, 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, for they are not with your funds, they are only ripping your hard earn money
from you. I will advise you to contact MR FIDELIX WOODG WOODGATE.
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
Name:MR FIDELIX WOODG WOODGATE
Telephone: +44 207 043 9799/+1-610-572-1507 USA NUMBER
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 left with you.
The only money I paid after I met MR FIDELIX WOODG WOODGATE was just US$250 for the paper works, take note of that.
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact MR FIDELIX WOODG WOODGATE so that he can help you to receive
your funds instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.
Mr. Robert Gammon
217 J Morgan St Forest City NC 28043,
United States of America.