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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:
- "million us 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)
- "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)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 07:17:22 -0600
Subject: From The Desk of James B Comey Jr
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider we the (Federal Bureau of Investigation) urge you to treat it genuinely.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Anti-Terrorist and Cyber Crime Division
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW, Washington, D.C
Service Hours / Monday to Saturday:
We bring to your notice that your Email address has been in our database of scammed victims for a long time, Due to complains by individuals and Governmental agencies, an emergency meeting was held at the United Nation Building in New York with the general secretary of the United Nation Ban Ki-moon and Heads of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I) and Cyber Crime Division.
You were randomly selected to be compensated, that is why we are in contact with you so take your time to read this information carefully.
Series of meetings have been held over the past 7 months with the secretary General of the United Nations, which Ended 3days ago. It is obvious that you have not received your funds valued at $1.5 Million US dollars, due to past corrupt governmental officials who almost held the funds to them self for their selfish reasons.
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation, have successfully passed A mandate to the president of the United States of America to boost the Exercise of clearing all foreign debts Owed to individuals and organizations, Who have not Receive their Funds yet to effect the release of your fund Valued at $1.5Million US Dollars, You are advised to contact F.B.I funds Transfer agent Mr. Bobby Doweny with The information below,
Name: Agent Bodbby Doweny
Email: bobby_doweny_office @usa-11.com
You are advised to contact him with the information's as Stated Below:
1. Full Name:
2. Delivery Address:
4. Fax Number:
7. Marital Status:
10. Preferred Payment Method (ATM / Cashier Check)
Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM CARD, you are hereby advices only to be in contact with your assigned F.B.I funds transfer agent Mr. Bobby Doweny. Forward any emails you get from impostors to his office so we could act upon and commence Investigation.
Supreme Court of the United States
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Court of Claims, 1855 - 1982
U. S. Court of Federal Claims, 1982 -
Customs Court, 1890 - 1980
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U. S. Court of International Trade, 1980 -
Commerce Court, 1910 - 1913
Courts of the District of Columbia
Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals
Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation `
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Federal Courts outside the Judiciary
Note: This email is fully under supervision of the FBI and will be until your funds have been remitted to you, Meanwhile we urge you to treat the above requirement with utmost urgency to enable us dispense our duties and obligation accordingly thereby allowing us to serve you in a timely fashion. Upon satisfactory receipt of all the above mentioned, you will be further acquainted with the detailed delivery itinerary including information of the diplomat who will accompany your consignment.
James B. Comey Jr
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
J. Edgar. Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Nw Washington, D.C.
This Communication is from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, beneficiaries are advised to adhere strictly to directives. Any fund beneficiary who ignores instructions will be doing so at his/her own risk.
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