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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:
- "death certificate" (this phrase is often used in inheritance scams such as next of kin or https://www.419scam.org/419-murdered-businessman.htm">orphan scams. )
- "million united states dollars" (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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address looks like addresses used in "ATM SWIFT card" scams)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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: "David Mark" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:18:28 -0700
Subject: TREAT AS URGENT AND GET BACK TO ME IMMEDIATELY
THE SENATE PRESIDENT OFFICE (SENATOR DAVID MARK.)
CHAIRMAN SENATE COMMITTEE ON DEBT RECONCILIATION &
EVALUATION FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.nassnig.org
Reply on this Email address: email@example.com
Our Ref: FGN /OCP/PBXD/012
RE: TRANSFER OF YOUR FUND VIA ATM MASTER CARD METHOD OF PAYMENT.:
This is to officially inform you concerning your Inheritance payment on hold with Federal Ministry of Finance, as the Senate President Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman Debt Reconciliation and Evaluation, I hereby seized this medium to inform you that this Committee has issued an urgent payment release Order (PRO) to the management of Intercontinental Bank Plc, that they should release your Ten Million United States Dollars through Atm Master Card method of payment.,
It is my pleasure to explain to you concerning this crucial outstanding Financial matter; however, I shall be delighted to inform you of the source of your outstanding payment valued $10 Million United States Dollars, according to your payment file NUMBER FGN0/011/643/MM, without wasting much time. This fund originated from one Late Mr. Morgan Flores who died in Rwanda by Rebel Bomb Attack in the year 2009 at Westchester General Hospital in Rwanda.
Before then he has already lost his Wife and the only son in the year 2008 on a motor accident, while Late Mr. Flores a citizen of America but married to a Spanish Citizen. But he spent part of his life in Spain and Nigeria, during his life time he had OutStanding payment with Nigeria Goverment valued Ten Million United States Dollars, as one time Oil Drilling Contractor with (NNPC) Nigeria National Petroleum Co-operation in 2006 before he died in 2009 when he finished his Contract in Nigeria and was assigned for another Assignment in Rwanda through United Nations where he died without receiving his fund.
Before the death he forwarded your name as his Next of Kin to receive the deposited fund for Gods Work/sponsoring of orphanage home according to the copy of the forwarded (WILL) made available before this Committee by the office of Minster of Finance before his death,, meanwhile all the effort by the Federal Government of Nigeria to locate you since three years now has proved abortive before your payment file was sent to this office Debt Reconciliation and Evaluation Committee
According to the Approval from the office of Ministry of Finance, at the same time we have directed the Intercontinental Bank to release your payment to you through the Atm Master Card Mode of Payment, where you withdraw total Amount of Ten Thousand Dollars Daily from Any Atm Visa Card Machine within the Globe.
However, you are required to Contact the Bank for the release of your Atm Maser Card,, attachment file is copy of Late Morgan Death Certificate for your perusal so contact the Bank through Below Info contact him through this information he will act upon the receipt of your mail
Bank Contact Information
Name: Dr. John Eli.
Director Atm Swift Visa Card Release Dept
Central Bank of Ngeria
Official Email: ATMSWIFT-CARD@consultant.com
Senator David Mark