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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-Moon." (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10.55.56 +0100
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary,
We wish to inform you that the UN / WORLD BANK ORGANIZATION facilitated a
round-table meetings which just ended some days ago, and it has been agreed
upon that a compensation payment of US$2,500,000.00 should be paid to scammed
individuals whose Name and E-mail have been chosen through an open E-mail
ballot system.Your name were included and that is why we have contacted you.
Also, this includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their
contract sum and people that have had an unfinished transaction or
international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc. Also, we
have been receiving complains from beneficiaries informing us that they are yet
to receive the payment due to scams emanating from Africa as well as some
financial institution, MR. JIM OVIA e.t.c.
Due to high rate of complains by beneficiaries henceforth, MR. JIM OVIA is no
more incharge to make any foreign payment and we will like to get you informed
that you will not be receiving your payment through Bank Drafts due to illegal
Bank Drafts circulating everywhere and in view of this, beneficiaries are to
receive their payments via ATM CARD through our correspondence payment center
in Africa affiliated with INTERCONTINENTAL PAYMENT CENTER.
However, it is my pleasure to inform you that your ATM CARD no:
4000101025717299 have been reserved for you which contains your certified
amount.So you are hereby advised to contact our payment representative in
Africa affiliated with INTERCONTINENTAL PAYMENT CENTER with your payment
code:6312.You are advised to contact DR.IBRAHIM OKOKOof our paying center in
Africa, as he is our representative in Africa,contact him immediately for your
payment.This meeting was first held on the 8th of April 2003.
You can view this page for your perusal:
Therefore,you should send him your full Name and telephone number your correct
mailing address where you want to receive your payment(ATM CARD):
CONTACT PERSON: DR.IBRAHIM OKOKO
You are required to contact the above person for your ATM Card, and furnish him
with the following of your information that will be required to set-up the card
in your name
1. Your Full name:
2. Your Country:
3. Contact Address:
4. Telephone Number:
5. Fax Number:
6. Marital Status:
10. A Copy Of Your Identity Attached To E-Mail
Meanwhile, your Secret Pin Number will be e-mailed to you electronically for
security reasons as soon as you confirm the receipt of your ATM CARD.
Congratulations, and I look forward to hearing from you as soon as you confirm
your payment Making the world a better place.
NB: Dealing with MR. JIM OVIA is at your own risk