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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:
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- 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: "Mr Paul White" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14.43.13 +0100
Subject: PAYMENT BY ATM MASTER CARD
This is Mr Paul White,We hereby officially notifying you about the present arrangement to pay you, your over due contract/inheritance fund which you could
not complete the process of the released of your transfer pin code through the Digitalized Payment System. We have decided to pay your funds to you through
(ATM Master Express Credit Card) This arrangement was initiated/constituted by the World Bank, due to fraudulent activities going on within
the African Region and it has been approved by the presidency to deliver here.
The World Bank and Paris Club introduced this payment arrangement as to enable our contractors/inheritance beneficiary to receive their fund without any
interference. the ATM Master Express Credit Card was contracted and powered by GOLD CARD WORLD WIDE. Reconfirm the following information to us for Security reason.
1)YOUR FULL NAME
2)YOUR RECEIVING ADDRESS
3)YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER
Upon the receipt of this mail we are going to load your $4.5 million into the Master Express Credit Card and send a scan copy of the card to you before we
will proceed to dispatch the card directly to your nominated home address so you absolutely have nothing to worry about all we need is your Prompt Response
and Co-operation by Gods Grace we will have a successful Transaction and what you have to do now is to obtain the INSURANCE BOND CERTIFICATE that has to be on your name to back up your card for successful delivery and also pay for the delivery fee of the courier and It will cost you $250 usd and that is all.
Here is the information of payment
Receiving name: Teke James
Receiving address: Lagos. Nigeria.
Text question: How are you
Text answer: Fine
I await you
Mr Paul White