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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:
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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: "Agent Nicolas Story" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 17:37:43 +1300
Subject: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warns that you should stop dealing with those people and contact Mr. lloyd Nelson right away
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc
Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
Office Hours Monday to Saturday:
Series of meetings have been held over the past 7 months with the secretary general of the United Nations Organization. This ended 3 days ago. It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of $2.5 Million USD due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund.
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the current president of Nigeria his Excellency President Good luck Jonathan to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes. Now how would you like to receive your payment? Because we have two method of payment which is by Check or by ATM card?
ATM Card: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you will use to withdraw up to $10,000.00 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it and the card have to be renewed in 4 years time which is 2016. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your local bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Even if you do not have a bank account.
Check: To be deposited in your bank for it to be cleared within three working days. Your payment would be sent to you via any of your preferred option and would be sent to you via DHL delivery company. Because we have signed a contract with DHL which should expire in the next one week, you will only need to pay $200 instead of $350 saving you $150 So if you can be able to pay now, you save $150 Take note that anyone asking you for some kind of money above the usual fee is definitely a fraudsters and you will have to stop communication with every other person if you have been in contact with any. Also remember that all you will ever have to spend is $200 nothing more! Nothing less!
Note: Everything has been taken care of by the Federal Government of Nigeria, The United Nations and including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is $200.
DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYONE UNTIL YOU READ THIS: The actual fees for delivery your funds is $350 but because DHL have temporarily discontinued the C.O.D which gives you the chance to pay when package is delivered for international shipping We had to sign contract with them for bulk shipping which makes the fees reduce from the actual fee of $350 to $200 nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort!
To effect the release of your fund valued at $2.5 Million USD you are advised to contact Mr.Lloyd Nelson, he is our representative in Africa that will take care of the delivery of your funds Via ATM Card or Cashier Check depending on which payment method you prefer.Below is his Contact information's.
Name:Mr Lloyd Nelson
In the process of contacting him, You are advised to reconfirm your delivery information as stated below to him.
Your full Name:
Your Delivery Address:
Mobile Phone Number:
Preferred Payment Method (ATM / Cashier Check)
Upon receipt of the payment of $200usd,Mr Lloyd Nelson will ensure that your package is sent within 48 working hours. Because we are so sure of everything we are giving you a 100% guarantee that your money will be returned back if you do not receive payment/package within the next 48hrs after you have made the payment for shipping.
Agent Nicolas Story
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
Contact Lloyd Nelson now, he will be waiting to hear from you so that he can start making every necessary arrangement that will necessitate that safety delivery of your funds to your nominated home address and Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your funds, you are advice only to be in contact with Lloyd Nelson who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your funds and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.