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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:
- "with your full names" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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.
- 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: "Mr Johnson Williams" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:58:25 +0100
Subject: ARE YOU DEAD OR ALIVE //// CALL THIS OFFICE IMMEDIATELY?"
ICPC NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
Plot 802, Constitution Avenue,
Zone A9, Central Area,
PMB 535, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.
Motto: Fighting Corruption In Nigeria.
ARE YOU DEAD OR ALIVE //// CALL THIS OFFICE IMMEDIATELY?"
I'm directed to contact you by the (WORLD BANK AND INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND ) to urgently confirm from you if actually you know one Mrs Lee Woung and COLLEAGUES who claims to be your business associate/ partner in your country .
The said Mrs Lee Woung is claiming to us that you are dead and she will like to change all the Information that you gave to us as our bonafide beneficiary. Below is the new banking information were he wish to have this funds transferred to:-
Bank of America
6901 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73132
ABA: 026009593 (International)
ACCT: Name: FMS Investments Inc.
Signatory: Floyd M. Shealy
This development is coming up now that the Ministry want to offset all your outstanding payments to all our legal foreign beneficiaries around the world in which your payment file was affected.As you may know, the total amount in your favor is a total sum of $7.5 Million U.S Dollars. We need to confirm from you if it's really true that you are dead and If we did not hear from you it automatically means that you are actually dead and the information passed to us by Mrs Lee Woung and is correct.
You are to contact me as soon as you receive this message so as to know the true position of things with you so that we would not make any mistake in remitting your out-standing payment to a wrong person/account.
Your swift response will help this ministry a lot. Do email me with your Full names and Direct Cell Number for an easy communication, your age and occupation to this effect.
Mr Johnson William
Chairman and Specialist Crime and Operations,
Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC)