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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:
- "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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "charles soludo" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Anabel Moore" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:20:19 -0500
Subject: Great News, You are advised to Stop Contacting them.
Great News, You are advised to Stop Contacting them.
I am Mrs. Anabel Moore; I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here in
New Braunfels Texas. My residential address is as follows. 108 Crockett
Court. Apt 303, New Braunfels Texas, United States. I have just been
relocated to my late husbands country United Kingdom since I have been
compensated. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in
Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $45,000
while in the United States trying to get my payment all to no avail.
I decided to travel down to Johannesburg, South Africa with all my
compensation documents and i was directed to meet Mr John Mark
who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, I contacted him and he
explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails
are fake because the Inheritance/Compensation Law clearly states that the
beneficiary/recipient is exempt from paying any out of pocket fees or
charges to receive said funds.
Mr John Mark took me to the paying bank for the claim of my
Compensation payment. Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I
have received my compensation funds of $15,000,000.00 (fifteen million
dollars) to assist my whole family as a widow. Moreover, Mr John Mark
showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their
payments and I saw your name and email address as one of the beneficiaries
that is why I decided to email 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 Mr John Mark
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
COMPENSATION AWARD HOUSE
NAME: Mr John Mark
Listed below are the name of mafias and banks behind the non release of
your funds that I managed to sneak out for your kind perusal.
1) Prof. Charles soludo
2) Senator David Mark
2) Barr. Becky Owens
3) Chief Joseph Sanusi
3) Sanusi Lamido
4) Dr. R. Rasheed
5) Mr. David Koffi
6) Mrs. Rita Ekwesili
7) Rev. Steven Jones
8) Mrs. Okonjo Iweala
9) Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Obi
10) Dr. Patrick Aziza
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you
and telling you that your funds is with them, it is not in anyway with them
and they are only taking advantage of you which means they will dry you up
until you have nothing. The only money I paid after I met Mr John Mark
was just $350 for the delivery and shipment charges, take
note of that.
NOTE: TELLING YOU TO PAY FOR ANY COURIER CHARGE IS ALL NOTHING
BUT LIES, I REPEAT THE ONLY MONEY YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY AND WHICH I ALSO
PAID IS $350 FOR THE DELIVERY CHARGES AS IMPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT ON YOUR
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact
Mr John Mark so that he can help you to deliver your funds
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 Remain Blessed.
Mrs. Anabel Moore