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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:
- "united state of america" (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 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr Johnson M. Campbell" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:36:52 +0200
Subject: Good Friend
Dr. Johnson M. Campbell
Based in London - United Kingdom.
Compliment of the day to you.
How are you doing. Hope you have not forgotten Dr.Johnson Morris Campbell,the man from United State of America who contacted you some years ago to assist me secure the release of some money accrued from the over invoicing of a contract/inheritance that was awarded in West Africa some time ago during the military regime.
Though you were not able to assist me conclude the transaction, I'm happy to inform you about my successed in getting those funds transferred from HSBC
BANK MALAYSIA under the assistance and cooperation of a new partner from Brazil.
Presently I (Dr. Johnson M. Campbell) is now in the London for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, I didn't forget your
past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds, So I made sure you are not left out the benefit of the transaction hence I kept aside
for you sum of Nine Hundred and fifty Thousand United States Dollars.($950,000.00) in payment via Draft.
I and my new partner agreed to compensate you with that amount for all your past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.
I appreciated your efforts at that time very much, so feel free and get in touch with my secretary Mr Cole Mensah in Uk but just left for Accra Ghana last week, He is to instruct you on how to send the Bank draft to you and i want you to know that the draft was also raised from HSBC BANK MALAYSIA as the Bank which I and his partner used in regianing the fund.
Please do contact him immediately you receive this mail so that we can share the joy together after all the sufferings at that time and also forward him your complete details like this:
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) Residential address
4) Company name, Office position and Company address.
5) Profession, Age and marital status.
6) Working I'd / Intel passport.
In the moment, I (Dr. Johnson M. Campbell) is very busy there in UK because of the investment projects which I and my partner are having at
hand, finally, remember that I had left instruction to my secretary so as soon as you contact him, he will send the Draft to you, so feel free to get in touch with HIM THE SECRETARY NOW via email: email@example.com
With Best Regards,
Dr.Johnson M. Campbell