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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:
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned 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: "Thomas Wale" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:20:46 -0700
Subject: PAYMENT AS BEEN APPROVED
OFFICE OF THE NIGERIAN PRESIDENCY
COMPENSATION OFFICE DEPARTMENT
SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS 2017.
REF/PAYMENTS CODE: FGN/PHBPLC/06654/0($65,000 USD)
This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from the UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL FRAUD MONITORING UNIT, I wish to notify you that the office of the Nigerian presidency has been authorized to pay out to 50 innocent victims of the widely know internet scam called Advanced Fee Fraud aka (419) the sum of $2.5 Million USD you have been listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims.
On these faithful recommendations, we want you to know that during the last U.N. meeting held at Abuja on Friday in Nigeria, as it has come to an alarming proportion based on reports from different victims, some of these victims have almost lost their lives, families, properties, and friends. The most alarming aspect of the issue was on the amount money lost by these various innocent individuals to scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today, and in other to compensate victims, the UNITED NATIONS Body in conjunction with the newly elected government in Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to pay 50 victims $2.5 Million USD each in accordance with the
SCAMMED VICTIM/REF/PAYMENTS CODE:FGN/PHBPLC/06654/09
Amount: $2.5 Million USD ONLY
You are advice to reconfirm the below details to me in other for me to facilitates all modalities on your behalf so your fund can be remitted to you
1) Your full name and residential address :
2) Your direct phone number :
3) Your file reference number :
4) Your nominated account details where your funds will be transferred