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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:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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: United Nations<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10 Dec 2016 20:29:57 -0600
Subject: (IMMEDIATE RESPOND PLS)
FINANCE DEPARTMENT SCAM VICTIMS
COMPENSATIONS PAYMENT 2016.
This is to bring too your notice that we are Ambassadors and
Delegates of the UNITED NATIONS through the INTERNATIONAL
FUND (IMF) AND THE WORLD BANK TO THE UNITED KINGDOM in
collaboration with WEST AFRICA to grant you solace in the sum of
US$ 10.5M USD (TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE
Your name was listed and approved for this payment as one of the
internet scammed victims of fraud owing to a dealt in
finance securities on our part to be paid the above stated
amount, Please get back to this office as soon as you get this
immediate payments and transfer of your compensation funds
amounting (US$ 10.5M US D) to be sure that you are the
Appropriate listed person
of locusstands.Send to us the following details only in upper
1) FULL NAME:................
2) RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS:.............
3) MOBILE PHONE NUMBER:.............
5) BANK DETAIL.........
Be advised to stop any further communication with the fraudsters
in-case if you are still communicating with them because you
may end up loosing more of your hard earn money.You are required
to respond to my letter immediately so your payment can be
BARRISTER DIAZ CYRUS