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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. " <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:08:53 +0530
Hello, I am Mrs.Annabelle Ben, I am a US citizen, 51 years Old. I reside he=
re in Silver Springs Florida, United States, am thinking of relocating. I a=
m one of those that took part in the Compensation in Africa many years ago =
and they refused to pay me, I had paid over US$47,000 while in the US, tryi=
ng to get my payment all to no avail. So I decided to travel down to Benin =
Republic with all my compensation documents, And I was directed to meet Age=
nt Toms Smith, who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, and I con=
tacted him and he explained everything to me. he said whoever is contacting=
us through emails are fake. Agent Toms Smith took me to the paying bank fo=
r the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the most happiest wo=
man on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $1.5 Million =
US Dollars Moreover, Agent Toms Smith, showed me the full information of th=
ose that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your email address as =
one of the beneficiaries, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealin=
g with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making mone=
y out of you. I will advise you to contact Agent Toms Smith. You have to co=
ntact Agent Toms Smith directly on this information below. COMPENSATION AWA=
RD HOUSE: Name : Agent Toms Smith Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 on=
ly taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.=
The only money I paid after I met Agent Toms Smith was just US$350 dollars=
for the paper works, take note of that. As soon as you contact Agent Toms =
Smith he will send you the payment information which you are to use in send=
ing the payment to obtain the document from the court of law there in Benin=
Republic so that your fund can be transfer to you without any delay just t=
he way mine was being transfer to me. Send Agent Toms Smith the following d=
etails if you know you are ready to have your FUNDS so that as soon as he r=
eceive your information he will send to you the payment details for sending=
the $350 USD that is needed to get the document to make the transfer a suc=
cessful one and that is the only payment i made to Agent Toms Smith and he =
help me in the transferring of my FUNDS and i most say that you have to con=
tact him so that he will help you the way he help me to Get my FUNDS withou=
t any further payment. Fill Out the information to him if you are ready to =
get your Funds; Your Full Name:............... Direct Phone:...............=
=2E.... Country................. Occupation:..................... Gender:..=
=2E...... Age:.............. Once again stop contacting those people, I wil=
l advise you to contact Agent Toms Smith so that he can help you to Deliver=
your fund instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you aro=
und asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction. Thank =
You and Be Blessed. Mrs. Annabelle Ben.
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