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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:
- "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)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Luis Moore" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Dr. Luis Moore" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:20:02 +0900 (JST)
Subject: I wait for your confirmation.
The diplomat with the America man called John Betman who conspired with the diplomat and diverted your consignment was track down on the beginning of this month by FBI in USA, the court here ordered with the help of Diplomatic Service and US Embassy who advised FBI to send the culprit down here in Benin for judgment.
During interrogation the diplomat confessed that Mr. Betman could not be found but his account where your US$3.6millions was deposited with Bank of America was released by the diplomat, according to the diplomat US$700.000,00 was used to purchase a house located in ARIZONA US Embassy contacted Bank of America after checking the account the court was informed that the balance in that account remains US$2,900.000.00 the Bank has been informed to block the account and arrest anybody who might come to withdrawal any money from the court.
The case is still on here as proof of ownership is needed. I will also advice you to confirm the money at the IMF Africa Regional Director Office of WIRE DEPARTMENT ON THIS PHONE NUMBER +299 99588938 AND CONFIRM IF THIS SEQUENCE NUMBER O1O 70914003524 EXIST. The location of Bank of America where your funds was diverted to is 4201 N, ORACLE ROAD,TUCSON, ARIZONA, 85705. and the name of the banker who recorded the deposit is Mrs. Jane Oscar, do not let DANIEL ROMERO to be aware of this matter as he may be arrested if confirmed him being involved in the diversion.
Meanwhile we will also need the below information from you So by this letter, you are advised to re-confirm to me the followings:
1) Your Full Name................
2) Your Current House Address.......
3) Your Current Occupation..........
4) Your working Telephone and Fax numbers for easy communication.
5) Your Next Of Kin................
Just call the number and enter the SEQUENCE NUMBER O1O 70914003524 to confirm the situation yourself. get me informed immediately as I will report back to Court tomorrow.
I wait for your confirmation.
Dr. Luis Moore