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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:
- "western union" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",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)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Western Union money transfer is completely untraceable and therefore is *not* safe to use with anyone you do not know personally. It is the preferred method of online criminals to collect money from their victims.
- 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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Mon, 1 May 2017 01:56:30 -0700
Subject: IMPORTANT MESSAGE!!!
I am Ms. Sandra Jones, a US citizen, Am 44 years old. I am one of those people that took part in
receiving Inheritance funds and Lottery funds from European banks even from many lottery
organizers few years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid different fees while in the
United States trying to get my funds from those banks and lottery organizers but all to no
avail. So I decided to travel to LONDON, UK with all my compensation documents, and I was
directed by the IMF Director to contact the re conciliator Mr Dickson Albert who is also an
attorney, A London citizen and a member of the UNITED NATIONS & IMF COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE
currently working with IMF in the United Kingdom, I contacted him and he explained everything to
me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake. Mr Dickson Albert personally
directed me on how to claim my Inheritance or Lottery payment.
Right now I have received my compensation funds of $6,500,000.00(six million five hundred
thousand dollars) Moreover Mr Dickson Albert, showed me the full information of those that are
yet to receive their Inheritance or Lottery payment and I saw your name as one of the
beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with
those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you.
I will personally advise you to contact Mr Dickson Albert, he will assist you as he is a very
religious man with the fear of God.
Compensation Award Office.
Name: Mr Dickson Albert
Listed below are the name of fraudsters and banks behind the non release of your funds that I
managed to sneak out for your kind perusal.
1) Mr. James B. Comey Jr
2) Ms. Carman L. Lapointe
3) Mrs. Sherry Williams
4) Mr. Dan Rochas (I.M.F)
5) Mrs. Tanner Williams
6 Mr.Ibrahim Lamorde
7) Mr Thomas Jayce
8) Mr Rodney Cole
9) Fake FBI
11) WESTERN UNION
12) Mr Dickson Walker
13) Mr Darrell Whigham
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that
your funds is with them, it is not in anyway with them and they are only taking advantage of you
which means they will dry you up until you have nothing. The only money I paid after I met Mr
Herbert Jones was just $422 for the delivery and shipment charges, take note of that.
You can text me if you wanna reach me (843) 507 4062
NOTE: THE ONLY MONEY YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY AND WHICH I ALSO PAID IS $422 FOR THE DELIVERY CHARGES
AS IMPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT ON YOUR PACKAGE.
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr Dickson Albert instead
of wasting your time and money with those liars that will be turning you around asking for
different kind of money to complete your transaction and any one who sends you any email of this
kind after this please do not reply because they are all liars.
Thank You and Remain Blessed.
Ms. Sandra Jones,
South Carolina county,
in Northeast in Middle Atlantic.
Elevation: 211 Feet.
(843) 507 4062