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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:
- "foreign payment department" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "F.P.D" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:16:30 +0100
Subject: Unpaid Beneficiary ($ 1 . 2 Million Dollars )
Counter-terrorism Division and Cyber Crime Division
Foreign Payment Department
British General Board & Compensation Reserve Team
Attention Unpaid Beneficiary,
It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of $1.2 million due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to
so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the releasing of your fund.
We have been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various parts of west African countries which includes(NIGERIA, REPUBLIC OF BENIN, TOGO, GHANA CAMEROON AND SENEGAL) and they are all in our custody here in ABUJA Nigeria. We have been able to recover so much money from these scam artists. The United Nation Anti-crime commission and the United State Government have ordered the
money recovered from the Spammers to be shared among 100 Lucky people around the globe.
This email is being directed to you because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file and computer hard disk in our custody here in Nigeria and with the information gathered from this Scam artist, we notice that you have been scammed of so much money and have decided to compensate you with a little
token to recover the lost of your fund.
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the current acting president of Nigeria his Excellency President Mohammed Buhari to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other
individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes.
To effect the release of your fund valued at $1.2 million, you are advised to contact the director of payment via his email address with the information below, Mr. Richard Mckay Email: email@example.com
On contacting him do provide him with the following informations:
Your full Name.............
This morning our local time I sent a fax to the office of the president Mohammad Buhari who issued a mandate to compensate scam victim like you through your prefered method of payment that will be shipped to you alongside the documents to back them up, the fax I sent to him was to let him know, who will be responsible for the Insurance document and Federal tax document on his
response to me through same fax he said he will talk to the head of the ministry offices where this documents are procured.
You are therefore advice not to toy with this developments as a mandate was also issued to terminate the fund immediately if you fail to claim your fund soonest.I have done my best as a clergy drafted newly to this position to assist people like you the rest is left for you. urgent response will enable me forge
ahead towards the onwards delivery of your payment to your residential address.
I await your response to this email so we forge ahead with your payment delivery.
MRS TANNER MARY
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND COMPENSATION RELATIONS
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
Financial Crimes Commission
CC: National Central Bureau of Interpol
Information contained in this email is confidential and intended for the addresses only. Any dissemination, distribution, copying or use of this communication without prior permission from the addressee is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient of this communication, please
delete it permanently without copying,disclosing or otherwise using its contents, and notify the sender immediately.