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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 advice you " (this email uses bad English)
- 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: Mrs Mary Ann Wyatt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 09:15:57 -0700
Subject: This is How i got my Money
My name is Mrs. Mary Ann Wyatt, I am a US citizen,64 years Old. I reside here in Salisbury Maryland. My residential address is as follows.1001 Lake St Apt 9 Salisbury Maryland 21801,United States, I have decided to relocate since God have done good thing in my life after so many years of bad experience with Nigeria scammers. I paid over US$74,000 to the Nigerian scammers with the believe that I was dealing with the right officers in the banks and other Government Agencies.
As a survival of scam, I will advice you to stop every communication with any scammer that must have asked you to send money to them.
However, I decided to travel with my son to WASHINGTON D.C with all the compensation documents issued to me. Getting there in WASHINGTON D.C I was directed by the ( FBI) Director JAMES BRIEN COMEY,to Contact AGENT MARK KELLY, who is an FBI Representative in Africa and a Member of the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE in Nigeria. I contacted AGENT MARK KELLY and he explained everything to me in which i finally realized that I was fooled by impersonators.
AGENT MARK KELLY added that whosoever that must have contacted me/us through emails claiming to be banks or FBI or any Government Agency such as the United Nations, EFCC that they are all fake.
I was then taken to the responsible paying bank where I was able to successfully claim my compensation payment. Right now I am the happiest woman on earth. I have finally received my compensation funds of ( US$2.5Million) after so many years of fee after fees to the Nigerian and African Government.
As part of the on-going exercise in Nigeria, AGENT MARK KELLY, was able to disclose to me the full detail of those who are equally faced with my kind of situation in which I saw your name as one of the scam victim to be compensated with $2.5Million, that is why I decided to email you to know if you have received your claim and to advise you to stop dealing with scammer as they are not eligible to handle the transfer of your fund. They are only making money from you to enrich themselves.
I will advise you to contact AGENT MARK KELLY, You have to contact him Directly on this information below to know if he can help you too.
COMPENSATION AWARD HOUSE
Name: AGENT MARK KELLY
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your funds are with them, it is not in anyway with Them, they are only taking advantage of you.
The only Money I paid after I met AGENT MARK KELLY was just $390 for the Ownership Paper Works, Take note of this because that was the only money I paid. I do not know whom you are, but something tells me you are an American, that is why decided to let you know about this.
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact AGENT MARK KELLY so that he can help you to deliver your funds the same way he helped me too.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs. Mary Ann Wyatt
1001 Lake St Apt 9 Salisbury Maryland 21801 USA