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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 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)
- ",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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- 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: godwin mary <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: godwin mary <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:21:27 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: F.B.I Headquarters in Washington, D.C
Â F.B.I Headquarters in Washington, D.C
J. Edgar Hoover building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001.
We the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I) United States, and the Governing body of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I) monetary unit, have investigated the unnecessary delay on your payment and hereby recommended and approved the immediate release of your over-due payment in your favour in Africa/Europe.
During the course of our investigation, we discover your over-due contract/inheritance payment has been unnecessarily delayed by corrupt officials of the banks and government officials, who have the intention to extort money from you and after, divert your funds into a ghost and unknown bank accounts to the government.
We have decided to involve and monitor your payment by ourselves to avoid the hopeless situation created by these banks and government officials. Be informed that your Name has been enlisted and programmed for instant payment schedule list among other beneficiaries by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I) United States and the World Bank, that will be receiving their payment in immediately the under listed in formations reconfirmed by you.
So therefore, we have contacted the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F) on your behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by co-ordinating your payment in the total amount of $5,000,000.00 (Five Million United States Dollars) which will be Transferred into any bank of your choice or via Atm card which you will use to withdraw funds anywhere in the world. You now have the lawful right to claim your funds which have been deposited in the custody of International Monetary Fund (I.M.F). Since the Federal Bbureau of Investigation has been involved in this transaction, you are now to be Rest Assured that this transaction is Legitimate and completely risk-free as it is our duty to protect and serve citizens of the United States of America and the whole world. All you have to do is immediately contact the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F) office via e-mail for instructions on how to procure your International Certified Approval Seal of Transfer (I.C.A.S.T)
However, we hereby inform you that based on our recommendation/instructions, your complete contract/inheritance over-due funds will be released immediately upon your contact to the newly appointed payment officer as stated below. You are therefore advised to contact Dr Nicolas McClendon appointed director general of I.M.F and ask him how you can obtain your statutory document for your transfer to be perfected from his office
Contact person: Rev.Dr Nicolas McClendon
Private email firstname.lastname@example.org
Private direct tell: +229-616 700 32
Youâre advised to contact him immediately so as to enable him facilitate the speedy processing and release of your payment.
Contact him with the following information as below:
1.Â Â Â Your full name............................
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Contact address (P.O Box Not acceptable).........................................
2.Â Â Â Country.........................................Â Â Â
3.Â Â Â Nationality.........................................
5.Â Â Â Your age.........................................
6.Â Â Â Occupation.........................................
7.Â Â Â Cell/Mobile number.........................................
8.Â Â Â Your account number were your fund will be transfer into.........................................
Note: Youâre advised to furnish the Newly Appointed Paymaster General of the Federation with your correct and valid details to enable him expedite speedy action on the processing of your payment. We expect your swift response to this email to enable us monitor this payment effectively thereby making contact with the International Monetary Fund as directed to avoid further delay.
Youâre also expected to follow his advice and directives to avoid delay in releasing your payment because your payment file has already been moved to his office for processing and verification.
In god we trust.
Yours in service,
James A. Baker
Anti-terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division
F.B.I headquarters in Washington, D.C
Federal bureau of investigation