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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:
- "money laundering" ("anti-terrorist", "anti-money laundering" or "drug-free" certificates are a common way for criminals in fake lottery scams and other Advance Fee scams to get you to send money to them. There are no such certificates in the real banking world. )
- "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)
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "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)
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Senior Secretary, Mr. Collie M. Coleman" <email@example.com>
"Senior Secretary, Mr. Collie M. Coleman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:16:23 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: LAST CHANCE TO RECEIVE YOUR $7,800,000.00 USD
Â From the Office of Mr Collie M. Coleman
Senior Secretary, Foreign Assets Control
The U.S. Department of the Treasury
1665 Wagon Wheels Trail; Dallas, Texas; 75241
United States of America.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Our Ref: USA/TREAS/898ATCP
Your ref: USA/IMF/7890/121
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT RESOLUTION PANEL ON WITHHELD PAYMENTS
You are being contacted today dated (Wednesday, December 10, 2014) because you have not received your awarded funds and we want to advise you the status of your fund payment case. Recently there was a court decision that favored you in getting your funds back from international banks that are withholding your funds. Although you are hearing from us for the first time, we have been working very hard for you and making progress on our research on why international banks has failed to completely credit funds to international owners/beneficiaries account.
We have also taken time to review your online email communication messages on your unsuccessful transactions with most international inheritance/contract insurance companies and other foreign banks especially in Africa and United Kingdom. We wish to let you know that we have communicated with most of these foreign banking institutions that withheld most international payments to individual accounts so as to find out why these funds were withheld, the source of the funds and a final solution to this problem.
Conclusively, we discovered that most withheld and unpaid funds which originated from lottery organizations, international trading, company's awarded contract funds and deceased personals where not properly filed for international fund payment to its beneficiary account by the fund beneficiary approved to receive such funds.
Such transfer suspension was placed on these funds because majority of these international fund remittance/transferÂ are not properly recorded by the paying institution for future file reference/assessment by the International Monetary Fund and the Financial Services Authority.
Presently, your ongoing transaction in which you will gain full assistance from us to monitor your case and make sure you receive your awarded funds on instruction compliance will be on full effect in your favor as long as you have complied with the Order of Court dialog in which we are presently trying to obtain favor on your fund payment case.
In joint alliance with the Financial Services Authority to resolve this issue, we wish to let you know that we have been approved to assist you in receiving your awarded funds but only the total sum of Seven Million Eighty Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($7,800,000.00 USD) which was approved to pay. We have gone through the security manifest booklet of all international outstanding transactions and our extensive investigation confirmed that you are the original owner of this fund through the assistance of the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO) to investigate and release suspended withheld fund to its beneficiaries account abroad, we were able to gain an approval authorization letter from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which stated that your funds will be paid to you on proper confirmation of its claim.
We wish to inform you again that there is an existing arrangement from us to process and pay you the outstanding debt of $7,800,000.00 USD owed to you immediately you provide the complete requirements needed for us to process your fund payment case. This was resolved in a meeting held between the International Financial Auditors in Europe and two representatives from the American government last week.
- A scanned copy of your international passport or drivers license:
- Your direct mobile telephone number:
- Your present home address for document delivery:
By the virtue of the provision of the law which confer on us powers to advocate, adjudicate suspend and authorize an immediate transfer of your funds internationally, we hereby state emphatically and without prejudice that should there be any information that may succeed your application for unclaimed awarded fund release that are currently deposited in most foreign banks in Europe, Asia and in Africa, please do not hesitate to provide the above information so that we will know how to help you receive your funds.
Also note that failure to properly apply for the fund payment will nullify your chances of receiving your unclaimed funds, and this fund will be confiscated and made to be forfeited under the Money Laundering and Other Financial Crime Prohibition Act of 2006
Senior Secretary, Mr. Collie M. Coleman
Foreign Assets Control.
U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Questions about this information should be directed to U.S. Department of the Treasury