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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: "Mrs. Connie Stevens" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 04:07:28 -0700
Subject: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !! ( HOW TO GET YOUR FUNDS )
I am Mrs. Connie Stevens I am a US citizen and i am 34 yearsOld. I reside here in 108 Crockett Court. Apt 303, New BraunfelsTexas, United States and i am thinking ofrelocating since I am now rich.I am one of those that tookpart in the United Nations Compensation program in Nigeriamany years ago and they refused to pay me. I had paid overTWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS while in the US, trying to get mypayment but all was to no avail.So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all mycompensation documents and I was directed to meet Mr MichaelMcHale, who is the member of COMPENSATION PROGRAM COMMITTEE,and i contacted him and he explained everything to me.He said who ever is contacting us through emails are fake.He also took me to the paying bank (ZENITH BANK) for theclaim of my compensation payment. Right now, i am thehappiest woman on earth because I have received mycompensation funds , Mr Michael McHale showed me the fullinformation of those that are yet to receive their paymentsand i saw your email as one of the beneficiaries who havenot yet received the payment under CASE FILE 54AC003 andthat is why I decided to email you to stop dealing withthose people. They are not with your fund, they are onlymaking money off you.Therefore, i would advise you to contact Mr Michael McHalefor assistance and inform him that your CASE FILE is54AC003. Contact him directly via the information below.UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION AWARD PROGRAMName : Mr Michael McHaleEmail: email@example.comPhone: +234-706-793-8229.You really have to stop dealing with those people that arecontacting you and telling you that your fund is with thembecause it is not with them. They are only taking advantageof you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.The only money i paid after i met Mr Michael McHale was justthe bank transfer charges, which is only normal andlegitimate as it is in all banks in the world. So pleasetake note of that. Mr Michael McHale shall ensure that youdeal directly with the bank(ZENITH BANk).Once again stop contacting those people. I advise that youcontact Mr Michael McHale so that he can help you in thecollection of your fund instead of dealing with those liarsthat will be turning you around asking for different kind ofmoney to complete your transaction.Thank you and be blessed.Mrs. Connie Stevens