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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:
- "million 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Treasury Department NY <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 09:51:06 -0700
Subject: CONTACT DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY NEW YORK FOR YOUR FUNDS
290 BROADWAY NEW YORK, NY 10007, UNITED STATES
THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY IS AN EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT AND TREASURY
OF THE UNITED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN THE ACT OF CONGRESS IN 1789 TO
MANAGE GOVERNMENT REVENUE.
THE US TREASURY IS NOW IN POSITION OF YOUR FUNDS VALUE FIFTEEN MILLION
DOLLARS AS WE IMPLORE THE HELP OF UNITED NATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL
MONETARY FUND TO BRING THE FUNDS TO UNITED STATES DUE TO THE ENDLESS
FEES YOU HAVE PAID TO RECEIVE THIS FUNDS YET IT YIELD NO GOOD RESULT.
THE US TREASURY IS APPEALING TO YOU FOR YOUR PAST EXPERIENCE WITH
CORRUPT AFRICAN BANKS IN CLAIMING THIS FUNDS HOWEVER WE HAVE DECIDED TO
PROGRESSIVELY PAY THE FUNDS VIA THE BELOW OPTIONS EAITHER BANK TRANSFER
OR ATM CARD FURTHERMORE WE WILL LIKE YOU TO FURNISH US WITH THE DETAILS
AS THE FIRST STEP BEFORE EFFECTING THE BANK TRANSFER OR ATM CARD
DELIVERY TO ANY DESTINATION.
NEXT OF KIN:
MEANS OF PAYMENT
THE US TREASURY DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK WILL INSTANTLY ATTEND TO YOUR
PAYMENT VOUCHER AS SOON AS YOU RESPOND TO THE ABOVE DETAILS REGARDING
THE CLIAIM OF YOUR STATED FUNDS PERHAPS YOU ARE FREE TO CALL OUR HELP
LINE FOR MORE DETAILS 347-979-2689.
US TREASURY OFFICE IS A FINANCIAL MARKET AND DEPT OF MANAGEMENT AGENCY.
ALEXANDER HAMILTON(SECRETARY GENERAL)