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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: "US SECRET SERVICE" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 01 May 2016 11:43:12 -0400
Subject: ARE YOU DEAD OR ALIVE!!!!
US SECRET SERVICE (USSS)
INTERNATIONAL CLEARING HOUSE
OUR REF: 10667ADB
YOUR REF: 89007/2117
Good Day to you !!
This is to intimate you of a very important information which will be of a great help to you if you are there to read this message.
I am Mr. Hussein Kruh the Finance Director Of the Compensation Office (US SECRET SERVICE). There is presently a counter claims on your funds by one Mrs. Josephine ,who is presently trying to make us believe that you are DEAD and even explained that you entered into an agreement with her,to help you in receiving your fund. she is also ready to pay for the release/administrative charge of $399 USD on your funds which makes us want to confirm before going ahead with Mrs.Josephine Wales.
Here comes the big question. Did you sign any deed of assignment in favor of ( Mrs. Josephine Wales )? Thereby making her the current beneficiary to the sum of $6,350,000.00
Following is the account details she provided to us for immediate response of the stated amount.
Acct Name: Mrs. Josephine Wales
b/name: citi bank, address: new york ,usa.
we shall proceed to issue all payments details to the above named person if we do not hear from you within the next 72hours. So, kindly respond to this e-mail with immediate effect and we shall give you further details on how your fund will be released. Note Mrs. Josephine is ready to pay the only release charge on your funds which is $399 USD,if we allow her pay this fee that authomatically makes her the owner and the money will be transfered into her account so do respond to this message if you are ALIVE so that we can be sure of doing the right thing due to the hugh amount of money involved. Also call me as soon as you send the e-mail so that you will be given an immediate response:
Below again is the Contact person Info:
Contact Agent Name: Mr. Dover Mcculloch
If you are ALIVE then i want you to respond back and you will be giving instructions on how to recieve your funds. We will like you to reconfirm the following;
Direct phone/cell number:
On receipt of your email, futher instruction will be giving to you on how to remit the $399, and how your fund will be released to you without any bridge of law. but until then, Mrs. Josephine is on hold and been investigate until after 72hours of no response from you, which indicates that you are no more ALIVE and Mrs. Josephine Wales is right.
Mr. HUssein Kruh .
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE US SECRET SERVICE
INTERNATIONAL CLEARING HOUSE
NEW YORK UNOIN CLEARING HOUSE