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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- "barr." (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Ms.Salote Bernard" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 02:55:06 +0800 (CST)
Subject: CONTACT BARRISTER NELSON SMITH FOR YOUR $700,000.00USD NOW
I'm Ms.Salote Bernard of Tampa, FL 33629., I'm a US citizen, I'm 63yrs
Old. I'm one of those that took part in the Compensation in BENIN REPUBLIC
many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $58,000.00USD
while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail.
So I decided to travel down to BENIN REPUBLIC with all my compensation
documents, And I was directed to meet Barr.Nelson Smith, who is the
member of COMPENSATION AWARD AUTHORITY and a Human Rights Activist
(Lawyer), and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He
said told me that i have been contacing the wrong people and that i should be vety careful.
He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation
payment. Right now I'm the most happiest woman on earth because I have
received my compensation funds of $850,000.00 Moreover,
Barr.Nelson Smith, showed me the full information of those that are
yet to receive their payments and I saw your email as one of the scam
victims that has been struggling like i did to receive their funds but to no avail, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you.
The amount i saw in his file to be transfered to you was $700,000.00Usd.I will advise you to contact Barr.Nelson Smith on his contactin formation below
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
COMPENSATION AWARD AUTHORITY
Name: Barr.Nelson Smith (Barrister)
You are hereby advised to contact Barr.Nelson Smith with the following
1. Your Names in full.
2. Your Occupation.
3. your Residential Address.
4. Your Place and date of birth.
5. Your Telephone and fax 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.
The only money I paid after I met Barr.Nelson Smith was just $248 for
the paper works which lead to the success of receiving my funds and he told me that even if you does'nt want to come down to benin Republic because of the travelling expense that if you can afford to send the $248Usd for the paper work that your funds will be transfered into your account by the paying bank but that it is beter you come down yourself and see everything by yourself.
Try to contact him immediately for the release of your funds to you.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Trustee/Treasurer, Triad Foundation Inc.
1902 South Wykagyl Street
Tampa, FL USA. 33629
Education: BS, Business Administration