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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "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)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- "i will advice you " (this email uses bad English)
- "economic and financial crimes commission" (This name is often mentioned in money recovery scams (re-scam): the real EFCC does not contact victims to offer to get their money back because that is near impossible. )
- "(efcc)" (This name is often mentioned in money recovery scams (re-scam): the real EFCC does not contact victims to offer to get their money back because that is near impossible. )
- 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: FBI USA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 08:10:03 -0700
Subject: RE; TAKE NOTE OK
RE: YOUR URGENT RESPOND IS HIGHLY NEEDED
Let me start by introducing myself I am Mrs. Jessica Lambert, I was
directed by Thomas Yayi Boni President of Republic of Benin and the
chairman Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ,to notify you on
the investigation that took place here in Benin.
In regards with the investigation that has happened recently here in Benin
will noticed that you are dealing with some Beninese who claimed you have
money with them and they have failed to make you get the money and you lost
so much money during the process, I am currently paying so many people with
the same problem. So I have been directed by the Benin government to pay
you also but due the late registration of your name on the list of the
people I have to pay, I will not be able to pay you much because of
insufficient fund, so I will only pay you $1,400,000.00 (One Million Four
Hundred Thousand dollars only) as compensation to what has happened to you.
I have prepared an ATM CARD on your name and I will advice you to contact
the dispatcher to enable him send the ATM CARD to your home, below is the
contact information of the dispatcher, make sure you contact him and get
the ATM CARD.You have to contact Dispatcher now,for the delivery of your
ATM with this information bellow.
1,Your Full Name:
2,Your Delivery Address:
3,Your Cell Phone Number:
Below is the dispatchers information,Kindly contact him immediately you
Mr. David I . Ben.
Finance Bank Plc.
EMAIL : email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone Number: +229-993-996-22
Note: The government of Benin has seized monies from everybody and
cooperate bodies that has participated on the issue. We seize this
opportunity to also warn that anyone or cooperate bodies caught bringing
the name of the country to disrepute will be firmly dealt with within the
ambit of the law. So you are advice to disregard any email you get from
anyone or co-operate bodies and forward the email to us for proper conduct.
On behalf of the President of the Benin republic , we are truly sorry for
the inconveniences and for what you encounter from the Beninese that make
you lost so much money please speak well about Benin in your country as
soon as you get this ATM card.
Mrs. Jessica Lambert