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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 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)
- 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: "Mrs. Carolyn Lande" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 04:18:51 -0700
Subject: THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR FUND, CONTACT AGENT MARY ELVIS ASAP.
I am Mrs. Carolyn Lande , I am a US citizen, 51 years Old, I reside here in America My residential address
is as follows.
9230 Mcnenry ave so gate ca zip 90280 USA, I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in
Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $38,000 while in the US, trying to get
my payment all to no avail.
So I decided to travel to WASHINGTON D.C with all my compensation documents, And I was directed by
the ( F B I) Director to contact Agent Mary Elvis, who she a representative of the ( F B I ) and a member of
the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE currently in Africa, and I contacted her and he explained
everything to me. she said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake.
she took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the most happy
woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $2.5 Million Us Dollars.
Moreover Agent Mary Elvis, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments
and I saw your name and email as one of the scam victims, that is why I decided to email you to stop
dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you. I will advise
you to contact Agent Mary Elvis.
You have to contact her directly on this information below.
COMPENSATION AWARD HOUSE
Name : Agent Mary Elvis
Phone #: +234 808 860 7526
You are hereby advised to contact Agent Mary Elvis with the following information's below
1. Your Names in full
2. Your Occupation
3. Your Residential Address
4. Your Place and date of birth
5. Your Telephone and fax Number
6. Your id
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is
with them,it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until
you have nothing.
The only money I paid after I met Agent Mary Elvis was just $255 the paper work of my transfer,take note of
Once again stop contacting those people,I will advise you to contact Agent Mary Elvis so that she can help
you to Deliver your fund instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for
different kind of money to complete your transaction.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs. Carolyn Lande,
9230 Mcnenry ave so gate ca zip 90280
United States Of America.