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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- cell#(424) 652-6870 (text only) e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org you can give him a call to confirm this. friend, i want (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "James Mike" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:11:31 -0500
Subject: Contact Agent John Coleman Now!
JM Engineering Company, Inc.
3710 Ruffin Rd,
I pray this message meets you in a good state of mind. I am Rev. James Mike, a native of USA. I am the CEO JM Engineering Company, Inc. I have been a contractor for the past 10 years which i have been so lucky to win and execute many contracts both locally and internationally.
I got involved in a contract in Australia sometimes ago and after successfully executing this contract, my payment was refused, i was not paid. I was down and almost lost hope.
Two years after this contract, I prayed to God for the release of my contract payment. I also made a vow to GOD to give and benefit someone with the sum of One Million Dollars (USD $1,000,000.00) if my payment could be approved. To my surprise, i was called upon by the Australian Government last month that my contract file has been looked into and it has finally been approved for payment. I never believed it until I was advised by my Pastor and later moved down to Australia and to my, surprise I was paid this money.
As a strong believer of GOD and who strongly believes in pledges and vows,i never forgot my pledge to give out the sum of USD $1,000,000.00 to somebody. With the help of some Computer Engineering associates, 1 did email ballot to get the beneficiary of this money and luckily for you, your email address was chosen which automatically makes you the winner and beneficiary of my pledge which is One Million Dollars (USD $1,000,000.00).
I want to use this medium to congratulate you and i will like you to contact the special Agent whom have instructed to deliver the funds to you,Agent Coleman on how to receive your money ($1,000,000.00) as I am still presently in Australia. I have given him instructions on how to get your fund to you so please contact him immediately with your details:
If possible any copy of your ID for verification.
BELOW IS THE CONTACT OF THE SPECIAL AGENT WHO WILL DELIVER IT TO YOU
Agent John Coleman
Direct Cell#(424) 652-6870 (TEXT ONLY)
E-mail address: email@example.com
You can give him a call to confirm this. Friend, I want you to believe that this is the opportunity GOD is giving you and a BIG miracle to your LIFE so please do not miss this.
For your information, I am presently executing another contract here in Australia, please i need your prayer for the success of this one and also looking, forward to meet you when i get back to the States.
Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU!!!
With Best Regards,
Rev. James Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org)