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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:
- ",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:
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:08:41 -0800
Subject: YOUR REF: 89007/2017
INTERNATIONAL CLEARING HOUSE,
OUR REF: 10667ADB
YOUR REF: 89007/2017
Good Day to you !!
This is to intimate you of a very important information which will be of a great help to you
if you are there to read this message.
I am Mr. Hassan Koh the Finance Director Of the Compensation Office North Carolina District.
There is presently a counter claims on your funds by one Mr. Joseph , who is presently
trying to make us believe that you are dead and even explained that you entered into an
agreement with him, to help you in receiving your fund.He is also ready to pay for the
release charge of $290 USD on your funds which makes us want to make this last confirmation
before going ahead to pay this Mr.Joseph Wales.
Here comes the big question. Did you sign any deed of assignment in favor of ( Mr. Joseph Wales )?
Thereby making him the current beneficiary the sum of $2,500,000.00 with the
following account details:? Mr. Joseph Wales , Acc/number: 6503809428. Routing number:122006743,
b/name: citi bank, address: new york ,usa, we shall proceed to issue all payments details
to the above named person if we do not hear from you within the next five working days.
Respond to this e-mail on ( David.firstname.lastname@example.org) with immediate effect and we shall
give you further details on how your fund will be released. Just like i said ealier supposed
beneficiary Mr. Joseph is ready to pay the only release charge on your funds which is $290
USD,if we allow him pay this fee that authomatically makes him the owner and the money will
be transfered into his account so do respond to this message if you are alive so that we can
be sure of doing the right thing due to the hugh amount of money involved. Also call me as
soon as you send the e-mail so that you will be given an immediate response:
Below again is My Contact Info:
Contact Agent Name: Mr. David Morgan
Email: ( David.email@example.com )
If you are alive then i want you to email me and i will be giving you instructions on how to recieve
Get back to me with the Above informations so that i can inform you how you are to send the
only needed charge of $290 for the release of your funds which we told Mr. Joseph not to pay
yet untill nothing is heard from you in 5 working days which will make us believe that
truely you are no more and that Mr. Joseph Wales is right.
Mr. Hassan Koh .
NEW YORK UNOIN CLEARING HOUSE