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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Ben S. Bernanke" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:41:30 -0400
Subject: Federal Reserve Bank
33 LIBERTY STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10038
This is to bring to your notice that you have been compensated with the sum of US$4M (four Million United States Dollar).
This compensation fund of US$4M was awarded to you during 5th annual Chief Security Summit held in London,in the summit we treated many issues including the climate change, scam victim among others.
However, among the hundreds of email addresses of internet scam victims both in USA, Europe and Asia.Which was presented to us in the summit, your email address was chosen at random for the compensation.
Regard to this development, you are urged to email me back at once with your details such;
Your Full Name:
As soon as I hear back from you. your US$4M (Four Million United States Dollar) will be released to you.
Thanks for your cooperation & Understanding.
Mr. Ben S. Bernanke
Chairman Federal Reserve Bank New York