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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "prim.minister" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "prim.minister" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:19:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Dear Scam Victim
Attention Dear Scam Victim
This is to inform you that we the prime minister of Benin republic and United Nations (UN) have been working towards the eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and European Union (EU).
We have been able to track down some scam artist in various parts of African countries which includes (Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Ghana and Senegal. and they are all in Government custody now, they will appear at International Criminal Court (ICC) soon for Justice.
During the investigation, we were able to recovered some funds from these scam artists$B!G(B a/c and IMF organization have ordered the funds recovered to be shared among the 10 Lucky people listed around the World as a compensation. This notice is been directed to you because your email address was found in as one of the scam victim. Therefore you are one among the people to be compensated with sum of $6.5m US Dollars valid into an ATM Visa Card.
You are advised to respond back to us with your full information so that we can be able to direct you to the delivery company that will deliver your ATM Visa Card to you without any delay or hitches. You fill the information as bellow while replying back to us.
1. Your Full Name:
2. Address Home delivery address
3. Cell/Mobile Number:
4. A copy of your ID
Dr Robert Dewar,
Minister of finances
Republic du Benin