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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:
- "million united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- 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 Clarice Starling" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:00:54 -0600
Subject: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)
My name is Hartwell Mildred, I am a United State Citizen, 58 years old and i am currently living in New york USA.
This is the time to stop contacting scammers and make them pay for their crimes.
I know you must be wondering how i got your email and why i am contacting you today, please ready carefully below and you will understand that this message is important to all scam Victims From USA and Europe and around the world.
I am taking my time to share this vital information to you because i want you to stand up and make sure does Fraudsters in the internet pay for all they have done. I was also a victim to fraudsters and i paid over USD150,000 to them because i was told that i won a lottery from BMW and so many of their fraud letters and messages used in scamming me. I was ripped off, so i decided to make sure they pay for their crimes. I went to the FBI Headquarters in Washington DC and reported this fraud case to the FBI, I was directed to a FBI Special Agent called Miss. Clarice Starling, she handled this case for me with the help of the FBI authorities and also with the help of an International Attorney from the scam artist country.
I gave all my information to the Special FBI Agent and they handled the case, the scam artist was caught and sentenced to 25 years Imprisonment with his country law, all his assets was taken away by the Government and that was how i got my compensation payment of ($1.5 Million United State Dollars) from the Government.
I know there are lots of victims out there that have fallen into the hand of this fraudsters from African countries, but i assure you this is the time to get compensated for all your loss, as a good citizen of my country, i asked the Attorney to show me some list of beneficiaries that are yet to get compensated, because they are some list of emails and informations that was found on this scam artist database in his computer. I received 5 from list from USA, 3 list from Canada and 2 list of some Europe countries and around the world. I thought it wise as a good citizen to email you today because you appear to be among the list of victims that was found on this scam artist database in his computer, you might have been scammed by this fraudster or might not have been scammed by this fraudster but your information was found on his Database, which means he might have intended to scam you. The Government is yet to compensate you for your loss because you have not been in contact with the right people, to get comp
\please stop contacting fraudsters or responding to their emails, and do not share personal informations about you with anyone on the internet no matter what, else they would use it for fraudulent activities. I hope this message gets to you in good time, please contact me using my information below if you need to know more about how to get compensated, i will send a copy of my ID card as a proof i am from United States and also a copy of my Drivers License for verification purpose of my Identity. I am doing this because i have gone through a lot of what you are passing through now. I can assure you that if you are sending money to anyone in African countries or sending money to get money, it has been recognized as scam and should not be trusted.
HERE IS MY INFORMATION:
Name: Hartwell Mildred
State: New york
Contact me now for more information so i can direct you to a true Special FBI agent with proof of her identity to help you recover all your money and for you to get your compensation payment once and for all. You can thank me later after you get your payment from the Government.
Once again stop contacting those people that are asking you to send money to get money because it has been recognized as scam. I will advise you to contact me or the FBI Special Agent if you are interested in getting your compensation payment now.
Thank you and remain blessed,
Mrs. Hartwell Mildred.