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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:
- "huge amount of money" (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)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "a diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "INTERNATIONAL POLICE" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 09:33:10 -0800
Subject: URGENT MESSAGE FROM THE POLICE FORCE
FROM INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION UNITED STATES SECTION ( I.P. A ).
Region No. 2 New York City
P.O. Box 804 Knickerbockers Station
New York City, New -York 10002-0804 U.S.A.
The office of the international police association (I.P.A) hereby write to inform you that we caught a diplomat called Mr. Festus Martins at (John F. Kennedy International Airport) here in New –York with parcel box filed with united state dollars. Meanwhile, base on our interview to the diplomat (Mr. Festus Martins) he said that the parcel box belongs to you, that he was sent by REV. COLLINS MORRISON of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Nigeria to deliver the parcel box to your doorstep, not knowing that the content of the parcel box is money. The diplomat also said that his first transit in the states was at Cincinnati Northern, Kentucky International Airport Ohio.Now, the diplomat is under detention in the office of (I.P.A) security, and we cannot release him until we carry out our proper investigation on how this huge amount of money managed to be yours before we will release him with the boxes. So, in this regard, you are to re-assure an
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Note that the Noon Residential Certificate/Proof Of Ownership Certificate must to be secured from the office of the Senate president in Nigeria, because that is the only office that will issue you the original Certificate's of these funds. You are advised to forward immediately the Certificate's if you have it with you, but if you do not have it, we will urge you as a matter of urgency to contact back the sender of the diplomat to help yousecure those Certificate's if at all you did not have it.To Contact The Sender of The Diplomat, You are hereby advised to Respond to This Message as Your Response will be Forwarded to Him Immediately.Furthermore, we are giving you only but 5 working business days to forward the requested Certificate's.
Please note that we shall get back to you after the 5 working business days, if you didn’t come up with the certificate we shall confiscate the funds into World Bank account then charge you for money laundry, but if you forward those Certificate's then we will release the diplomat with your parcel box and also gives you every back up till the money arrives your doorstep. Also note that we are doing this to make sure that any huge amount of money like yours that enters United States is genuine, we regret any inconveniences this might have caused you.
Thanks for your understanding.
I.P.A REGION NO: 2 THANKS.
DOCTOR DOUGLAS H. KING DDS.