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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.
- 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: "Dr. Johnny Lee" <DrJohnnyLee7@thghghghj.jp.tn>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 05:55:33 -0700
Subject: Assigned to perform all due diligence,
Your urgent and Attention to this sensitive information.
I know that this letter will definitely be amazing to you because of the antecedent of global trend (Internet Abuse/Scam), but it is advisable you treat this notification with absolute urgency because of the misconceptions in the first letter, however be inform accordingly that necessity is laid upon this Committee in form of petition in respect to your delayed inheritance payment. We have noted all inconvenience rendered to you by unauthorized officials in the process of trying to claim your inheritance. All efforts by these officials to deliberately frustrate foreign beneficiary, withholding and refusing to release their approved payment. I am a man of substance and i believe in myself, i do not share the believe that you are a candidate of failure;perhaps i am reacting to the content of message i found in your payment file. Being the chairman of this committee inaugurated to oversee all delayed inheritance payment, it is my duty to attach great premium to the release of your payment. The aim and objective of this letter is not to engage in a debate or argument forum; rather it is aimed at wiping out the tears of the past years of administrative injustice and infringement on your civil rights of inheritance and to restore your lost hope and confidence by putting smile on your faces as purported.
Nevertheless the only way and manner that you can achieve the desired result is for you maintain/remain committed and obedience to the payment instruction and directives. I and Rev, Bill Morgan, are appointed to administer this payment exercise being the Director of Scam Victim Consolidation Commission. We expect you to take our advice seriously, hence our duty is to guide you in the right parts and direction by channeling your files to the appropriate office for immediate payment. Perhaps i strongly believe that we are competent in handling our administrative duties. Following the meeting held on Friday last week in your favor in regards to the release of your inheritance payment, the meting comprising the U.S Executive Council Members on Inheritance Consolidation payment and the official from the United Nations all were present at the meeting venue which took place at the White House on Friday last week. The subject matter for discussion was based on implementation of new policy for the smooth remittance of your inheritance, the meeting was successfully concluded and we jointly arrived at the resolution that the release of your payment shall be conducted in a professional manner upon hearing from you.
Sequel to the authorization letter to release and remit your funds. The committee has verdict that files of all concerned must be re-validated; At this point therefore, we sincerely implore you to forward all claim detailed information if possible support with documents you may have received in the prior transaction for verification/evaluation. Upon fulfilling this obligations/requirement as stipulated in the deed of assignment with the payment authority to expedite action in carrying out the release of your funds. More so, this commission expresses regret and disappointment over the way and manner by which some Courier, Offices, authorities, Agents and banks officials handled your payment, we equally express dismay and dissatisfaction over administrative injustice and uncivil conducts on the part of officials that were assigned the responsibility of remitting your fund. We have further placed sanction on every person, offices, authorities, banks, and security outfit respectively that took part in frustrating the release of your funds. Finally, we have sworn the oath of allegiance with our duty post to uphold and re-address the mistake of the past administration that gave room for criminal activities.
Dr. Johnny Lee
Inheritance Recovery Consolidation Scheme.(IRCS)
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