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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:
- "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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "cotonou" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "email@example.com" (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.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Urosevic Dusan." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 01:51:32 +0200
Subject: STOP CONTACTING THOSE PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY ARE SCAMMERS !!!
STOP CONTACTING THOSE PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY ARE SCAMMERS !!!
Attn: My Dear,
I am Mr. Urosevic Dusan, I am a US citizen, I reside here in Silver
Springs Florida. My residential address is as follows. 7008 E Hwy 326
Silver Springs Florida 34488, United States, am thinking of relocating
since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part in the
Compensation in Cotonou, Benin Republic many years ago and they refused
to pay me, I had paid over US$20,000 while in the US, trying to get my
payment all to no avail.
So I decided to travel down to Cotonou, Benin Republic with all my
compensation documents, And I was directed to meet Barrister Wilson
Warren Johnson, who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, and I
contacted him and he explained everything to me. he said whoever is
contacting us through emails are fake.
He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment.
Right now I am the most happiest man on earth because I have received my
compensation funds of $3.5 Million US Dollars Moreover, Barrister Wilson
Warren Johnson, showed me the full information of those 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 dealing with
those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money
out of you. I will advise you to contact Barrister Wilson Warren
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
COMPENSATION AWARD HOUSE
Name : Barrister Wilson Warren Johnson (Esq)
Email : email@example.com
Direct Telephone: +229-6266-6979
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 Barrister Wilson Warren Johnson was
just US$300 for the paper works, take note of that.
As soon as you contact him he will send you the payment information
which you are to use in sending the payment to him in order for him 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 the way
mine was being transfer to me.
Send him the following details if you know you are ready to have your
FUNDS so that as soon as he receive your information he will send to you
the payment details for sending him the $300 USD that is needed for her
to get the document that is needed to make the transfer a successful one
and that is that only payment i made to Barrister Wilson Warren Johnson
and he help me in the transferring of my FUNDS and i most say that you
have to contact him so that he will help you the way he help me to Get
my FUNDS without any further payment.
Fill Out the information to him if you are ready to get your FUNDS
Your Full Name:...............
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact
Barrister Wilson Warren Johnson so that he 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.
Mr. Urosevic Dusan.
7008 E Hwy 326 Silver Springs
Florida 34488, United States