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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:
- "transfer of your funds" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- "you are advise to" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- email@example.com (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Susan Edward" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 19:59:47 +0800
SCAMMED VICTIM/521 BENEFICIARIES REF/PAYMENTS CODE: 06654 $400,000.00 USD
This is to bring to your notice that I am a delegate from the United
Nations to The IMF (International Monetary Fund) West Africa Regional
payment Office to pay 521 scam victims$400,000.00 USD (Four Hundred
Thousand Dollars only) each. You are listed and approved for this payment
as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount,get back to me as
soon as possible for the immediate payments of your $400,000 USD
compensations funds.On this faithful recommendations, I want you to know
that during the last U.N. meetings held at Accra, Federal Republic of
Ghana, it was alarmed so much by the world in the meetings on the lost
of funds by various individual to scam artist operating in syndicates all
over the world today.
In other to compensate these victims, the U.N Body is now paying
521victims of this operators $400,000.00 USD each in accordance with the
U.N.recommendations. Due to the corrupt and in-efficient Banking Systems
in Federal Republic of Ghana, the payments are to be paid by UN
sitting at IMF(International Monetary Fund) West Africa Regional Payment
Office as corresponding payment center under funding assistance by United
Nation body. According to the number of applicants at hand, 284
Beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United
States, and we still have more 237 left to be paid the compensations of
$400,000.00 USD each. Your particulars was mentioned by one of the
Syndicates who was arrested as one of their victims of the operations,
are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him for
any reason what so ever as the U.S. Secret service is already on trace of
the other criminals. So keep it secret till they are all apprehended.
Other victims who have not been Contacted can submit their application as
well for scrutiny and possible consideration.
At this point you are advise to contact the our authorized payment unit
charge to enable them commence with the transfer of your funds
with the information below:
DATE OF BIRTH ..... COUNTRY.......... SEX.............
HSBC BANK Representative: Mr Mark Steven
Please you are advice to stop any communication with any person or Body
that you are currently paying money to due to transaction which you have
online with the person.Please let us know right now via email or
your present dealing online, so we can help you verify the authenticity
the transaction which you are presently involved in, so you don't get
scammed. Please also send me prof of payment in any previous scam.If you
still have any,(optional). I shall feed you with further modalities as
soon as I hear from you.
Mrs. Susan Edward.
United Nation Representative.