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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:
- "fund beneficiary" (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.
- 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: "MR. FRANK MOSS" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 00:42:53 -0000
Subject: How My Money Was Paid?
Attn: Fund Owner,
Dear Fund Beneficiary,
My Name is Mr. Frank Moss, I am a US citizen, I was born 1950, I reside
here in Denton, Texas United States. My residential address is as follows.
3905 Waterford Way, Denton, TX , United States, am thinking of relocating
back Washington DC since I am now Rich and comfortable with my family.
I am one of those that took part in the Compensation of funds in Africa
especially Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me my funds. I
had paid over US$74,000 for the past years while in the USA, trying to get
my payment all to no avail. And they always stopped my funds with one
reason or the order after making payments and they asked for more
So I decided to travel with my Son to Washington DC with all my
compensation documents, And I was directed by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation FBI Director to contact Mr. Kelvin Williams, who is a
representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI ) in Nigeria
and a member of the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, currently in Nigeria for
all compensation payments.
So I contacted him as I was directed and he explained everything to me. He
said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake. He invited my Son
and I to Nigeria and he took me to the paying bank for the claim of my
Compensation payment $5.5M which was paid to me successfully. Right now I
am the most happiest person on earth because I have finally received my
compensation funds of ( US$5.5Million ) after all these years.
Moreover, Mr. Kelvin Williams, showed me the full list of the names and
information of those that are yet to receive their compensation funds and
I saw your name and email as one of the scam victims and one of the
US$5.5Million beneficiaries, So I decided to email you now to know if you
have received yours, and to advise you to stop dealing with those people,
they are not with your funds, they are only making money out of you.
I will advise you to contact the FBI Representative Mr. Kelvin Williams.
You have to contact him by email or phone with your information as below
to know if he can help you too to receive your $5.5Million the way he did
Please Kindly Contact Agent Kelvin Williams To My Private Email Address
Name : Mr.Kelvin Williams
Private Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you
and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with
them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until
you have nothing left. The only Money I paid after I met the FBI
Representative Mr. Kelvin Williams was just $390 for the Ownership Paper
Works, Take note of this because that was only money I paid.
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact
Mr.Kelvin Williams so that he can help you to deliver your fund instead of
dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for
different kind of money to complete your transaction.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mr. Frank Moss
3905 Waterford Way,
Denton, TX U.S.A