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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:
- 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. )
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (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.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "TEST" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:38:28 +0300
Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity
ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONETARY CRIMES DIVISION
FBI HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS J.EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535-0001
ATTENTION David Lee Smith
We are aware lots of innocent American/foreign citizens have fallen victims of internet Scams. However, the American and African authorities have come together to resolve and to assist only the genuine beneficiary of funds, And helping them to claim their over due payment. From our investigations, you are a genuine beneficiary, We hereby urge you to adhere to our instructions and receive your payment As soon as possible.
The F.B.I and the African authorities had a meeting in the united state last two months and agreed that the supreme court of South Africa, the F.B.I and the receiving bank in America handles the process and presently your fund is in a bank in America. We only need the dist certificate here in America, thats the only document you need from the country of origin of funds to certify your funds are money Laundering, drug and terrorist free.
You need to get more information from the supreme court of appeal in South Africa as the country Approved to handle all payments going out of Africa due to huge internet scams going on in Africa Apply for the dist certificate Which takes only one day to procure .quote file number scjn3050 and Reconfirm your full names and mailing address?
This is the only legal and authorized office approved by the American and African authorities to approve Certificate of fund ownership. We advise that you go ahead in dealing with the chief justice of the supreme court of South Africa Through his below stated email address and telephone number,
Be assured that we are monitoring all their Activities as well as your correspondence at all level with him. If you are presently dealing with any financial institution(s) or person(s) claiming to have relevance to the payment of your overdue funds out-side the above mentioned office,
You are warned in your own Interest to stop further communication with any other office as regarding your payment. And do not give out any information about this communication for your own good and interest for security reasons,untill you recieve your payment sucessfully keep this commnication secret.
Contact. Contact person: Hon. Mjd Wallis, Barrister
Chief judge of the supreme court of appeal South Africa
Tell: +27 78329 7456
Note The dist certificate is (950usd) nine hundred and fifty United States dollars only, don"t exceed this amount report to us if any excesses is demanded from you by South African supreme court
Robert J. Holley Special Agent
151 Patton Ave
Room211 Asheville N.C.28801
FOR FBI DIRECTOR
JAMES B COMEY
cc: General intelligence department (GID)
cc Federal Bureau of Investigation (fFBIi)
cc .Internet crime complaint center (ic3)
cc: Asia pacific group on money laundering (APG)
cc: International monetary fund (IMF)
cc: International organization of securities commissions (IOSCO)
cc: International banking security association (IBSA)
cc: World customs organization (WCO)
cc: Inter-American development bank (IADB)
cc: National white collar crime center (NW3C)
cc: Bureau of justice assistance (BJA)
cc: Supreme court of South Africa(SCA)
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