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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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 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: "InterPol United Kingdom" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2016 16:01:01 -0700
Subject: VERY IMPORTANT
Mr. JEREMY FALKE & ASSOCIATE
ADDRESS: Marsham Street 2. SW1P 4DF.
London. United Kingdom
I am officially sending you this e-mail in order for you to be aware of the good news of your funds, please before I proceed, I will like you to keep away this message from any other person around you, because we have decided to conclude this issue with you alone.
January 12th 2016 a meeting was held with the General Director of the Interpol and some other top officials in the United Kingdom concerning the online internet scam from Nigeria and here the U.K, in the conclusion of the meeting, I was ordered by the Interpol to fly down to Nigeria for special investigation concerning the delay of your payment.
After some little investigation, I notice that your funds is still in the Federal Suspense Account" of SBN. Meanwhile those people that you have been dealing with are not from the right office, they are only using you to make money for their own benefit.
You need to understand that my coming down to Nigeria is because of your transaction, and I need to accomplish the transfer before returning back to the United Kingdom, all the legal documentation for your funds are with me here in NIGERIA, what i just need from you now is your corporation, you have to seize communication with any other person or bank different from me to avoid been mislead.
Don't allow anyone to deceive you, your funds is $15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million United States Dollars Only) it was written inside the fund file, I have taken your funds documents to the paying bank for confirmation and they have been working on the release of your funds, meanwhile, I will need your information like the stated below so that I can know how to update you soon as everything get settled.
Your Full Name:
Your Home Address:
Your Private Telephone Number:
Upon the receipt of this information, I will email you or call you and give you code on how to communicate with me and I will always keep you updated concerning the progress of the transfer of your $15,000,000.00, once again, seize all communication with any other office, bank or person to avoid been mislead, and whenever you receive any message from anyone, kindly forward it to me so that i can make a proper investigation on it. And know that failure to abide by all this warning will lead to something you will never pray to happen. So i advice you to be attentive to all the instructions given.
Mr. Jeremy Falke
InterPol Special Investigation Agent