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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:
- "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)
- "united state dollar" (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 mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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 Michelle Kenechi <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 12:40:29 -0200
Subject: Your Atm card Payment is Ready,Are you =?UTF-8?Q?alive=3F=3F=3F?=
Your Atm card Payment is Ready,Are you alive???
Attn:Scam Victim: Email Address Owner.
During the 42nd G7 summit which was held on May 26â27, 2016 at the Shima
Kanko Hotel in Kashiko Island, Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan,It was alarmed
so much by world leaders about the numbers of complain been received each
day in their countries by their citizen about Africa. They unanimously
agreed to compensated all
the scam victims with the sum of $12.7m for them to start a new life.
America President Barack Obama was very very annoyed because his country
men and women where the most hint by these scam artist. So he has
instructed all African head of states/presidents of African countries to
make sure that all foreign payments in Africa is paid to the rightful owner
before the end of this YEAR 2016.According to him some of them have spent a
lot of money and still they have not received their fund.So all African
Leaders in conjunction with United Nations and G7 is compensating you with
the sum of $12.7m United State Dollars because of what has happened to you
in the past. President Barack Obama has warned them that failure to comply
with this instruction, Then they will lose all the Grant they have been
enjoying from United Nations, United States
of America and other G7 Countries.
Kindly Contact Sir David C. Marshall
Director United Nations Office for West Africa
Help Desk:+229 99 322 441
We have created an electronic transfer system called prepaid ATM Visa Card,
which has been loaded with your ($12.7m United States Dollars)Twelve
Million, Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars therein and will be
send to you immediately on the receipt of your email response to us. Also
be informed that why you have not received your fund in the past was
because of some corrupted government officials which those people involved
in delaying your payment here has been arrested and charged to court.
Below is the information you are expected to re-confirm and forward to
Sir David C. Marshall,
1. Full Name: ____________________________
2. Address: ______________________________
3. Nationality: ____________Sex___________
4. Age: ____________Date of Birth: ________
5. Occupation: ___________________________
7. Copy of Your Identity: ________________
For your information, you have to stop any further communication with any
other person or office claiming to be the right office to avoid any hitches
in receiving your payment. Because of Impostors, we hereby issued you our
code of conduct, which is (Atm-7770)So you have to indicate this code when
contacting the Card center by using it as your subject.
Note; I received a letter that your unclaimed approved payment by United
Nations which has been overdue for payment should now be paid to Lawrence
R. Larson of 7251 Grove Road, Apt. 160, Brooksville,
Florida 34613 U.S.A.
In the said letter titled change of beneficiary/ownership. Its clearly
stated that you are dead and that he is your next of kin, it went further
to say you signed a deed and an agreement with Lawrence R. Larson to become
your beneficiary before your untimely death. Officially arrangement had
been concluded for the delivery of your Atm card to him but i need to
confirm if truly you are dead or Alive before we can proceed to avoid had i
Mrs Michelle Kenechi
Office Secretary and Personal Assistant
To the Director.