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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:
- "fiduciary agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "foreign payment department" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Michelle Siegfried" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 06:30:04 -0300
Subject: INSTANT REIMBURSEMENT OF UNCLAIMED FUNDS.
Counter-terrorism and Cyber Crime Division
Foreign Payment Department
GRANTED APPROVAL FROM INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
Attention: Email ID Owner,
RE: 2000 - 2016 SCAM VICTIM'S COMPENSATION FROM THE IMF
This is in regards of your overdue funds which has been pending on delivery due to the involvement of bad officials both governmental and non governmental. Records show that you are among one of the individuals and organizations who are yet to receive their overdue payment from overseas which includes those of Lottery/Gambling, Contract and Inheritance.
The Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, British Interpol and the American Truth and Reconciliation Commission gathered information from the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) on how some people have lost outrageous sums of money to these impostors. As a result of this, we hereby advise you to stop communication with any one not referred to you by us.
In conclusion of the annual audit planned and documented activity performed by the World Bank and Swiss Reconciliation Committee, It might interest you to know that we have received a mandate and instruction to remit your unclaimed overdue funds of $3.5,000,000.00(Three Million And Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances and events.
Your funds has been loaded and fragmented into an ATM Card which will be posted to you once you reconfirm the following information's below,
Contact Mobile Number:
All documents that will give legal back up to your FUNDS have been made available for your kind perusal. The only requirement from you is $450 (Four Hundred And fifty Dollars) for the Administrative Endorsement and Governmental Clearance Order on your package.
To redeem your funds, you are hereby advised to contact the Compensation Center via email for their requirement to proceed and procure your Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of your FUNDS Release Order on your behalf. Everything else has been taken care of by the Federal Government including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty.
Contact Barrister Wanda Sorrells on the following in-formations below,
Barrister Wanda Sorrells (Compensation Center Director)
Attorney And Fiduciary Agent
American Regional Office
You are expected to respond to any of the above email within the next 7 working days to avoid closing your payment file and tagging it as unclaimed.
Note: Disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your Compensation Funds and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon it immediately. Help stop cyber crime.
Mrs. Michelle Siegfried
Dir. Reimbursement Committee
United States Department
Washington, D.C. 20535.
Sorry if you received this letter in your spam, It's likely to be due to the recent connection error here in the country