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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "consignment " (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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- 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: "Ms Carolyn Smith" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:32:22 -0300
Subject: STOP CONTACTING THOSE OTHER PEOPLE FOR YOUR FUNDS,184.108.40.206
I am Ms Carolyn Smith, a US citizen, Am 31 years old. I am one of those people that took part in receiving Inheritance funds and Lottery funds/Consignment box,ATM
compensation card, Bank check from European banks even from many lottery organizers few years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid different fees while in
United States trying to get my funds from those banks and lottery organizers but all to no avail. So I decided to travel to Nigeria with all my compensation documents,
and I was directed by the IMF Director to contact the reconciliator Christopher Lane who is an attorney, A Bristish citizen and a member of the UNITED NATIONS &
IMF COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE currently working with IMF in the Nigeria and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us
through emails are fake. Christopher Lane personally directed me on how to claim my Inheritance or Lottery payment.
Right now I have received my compensation funds of $1,500,000.00 Moreover, Christopher Lane, showed me the full information of those that are yet to recei
their Inheritance or Lottery payment 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 personally advise you to contact Christopher Lane, he will assist you as he is a very religious man with the fear of God.
Compensation Award Office.
Name: Christopher Lane
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) Mr. James B. Comey Jr
2) Robert S. Mueller, III
3) Mr Ban Ki-moon
4) Ms. Carman L. Lapointe
5) Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde
6) Mr. Dan Rochas (I.M.F)
7) Mr Jim Ovia: Zenith Bank Plc In Nigeria
8) Dr Godwin Emefiele
9) Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
10) Mr Frank W.
11) Micheal Edward
12) Miss Donna Gwen
13) Mrs. Sherry Williams
14) Mr Wilson Norman
15) Ms Becky Donald
16) Mrs. Rachael Adams
17) Mr. Wood Gates
18) Mr. Mark Ruben
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 Christopher Lane was just $245 for the Endorsement Fee, take note of that.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Ms Carolyn Smith
1124 E 114th St, Cleveland,
Ohio, 44108, United States