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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:
- "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 of america" (this email uses bad English)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "diplomatic courier" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Joan Wilson" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:54:58 -0200
Subject: STOP CONTACTING THEM.
I am Mrs Joan Wilson, a United State Of American citizen, Am 63 years old. I am
one of those that took part in the compensation in United State many years ago
and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $26,500 while in the US, trying to
get my payment all to no avail. So I decided to travel over to United State with
all my compensation documents, and I was directed by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation Direct Lord Reuben is currently in United State and I contacted
him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through
emails are fake. He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation
Right now I have received my compensation funds of $5.9 Million United State
Dollars Moreover, Barrister Lord Reuben, showed me the full information of those
that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the
beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to
stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only
making money out of you.
I will advise you to contact Barrister Lord Reuben directly through the below
Compensation Award Office.
Name: Barrister Lord Reuben
Listed below are the name of fraudsters and banks behind the non release of your
funds that I managed to sneak out for your kind perusal.
1) Sanusi Lamido
2) Ms. Carman L. Lapointe
2) Micheal Edward
3) Chief Joseph Sanusi
3) Dr Godwin Emefiele
4) Mrs. Sherry Williams
5) Robert S. Mueller, III
6) Barrister David Scott
7) Mr. James B. Comey Jr
8) Barrister Ucheuzo Williams
9) Dr. Patrick Aziza Deputy Governor - Policy / Board Member
10) Mr. Dan Rochas (I.M.F)
11) Mrs. Tanner Williams
12) Mr Wilson Norman
13) Dr. Godwin Oboh: Director Union Bank Of Nigeria.
14) Mr. John Collins: Global Diplomat Director.
15) Foreign fund diplomatic courier
16) Mrs. Jennifer Saldana
17) Mr Jim Ovia: Zenith Bank Plc In Nigeria
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and
telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are
only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.
The only money I paid after I met Barrister Lord Rueben was just $320 for the
fee and paper work, take note of that.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs. Joan Wilson
Address,5625 broadway ave
City,new port richey
State,Florida United States