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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:
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- 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: "Miss Donna Story" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:37:20 -0300
Subject: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUNDS
J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc
Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
Office Hours Monday to Saturday:
Series of meetings have been held over the past 7 months with the
secretary general of the United Nations Organization. This ended 3
days ago. It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is
to the tune of $2.3million Usd due to past corrupt Governmental
Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish
reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all
in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses
from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund.
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations
and Federal Bureau of Investigation and the International monetary
funds have successfully passed a mandate to the current president of
Nigeria his Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari to boost the
exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other
individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive
their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes. Now
how would you like to receive your payment? Because we have two method
of payment which is by Check or by ATM card?
ATM Card: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you
will use to withdraw up to $3,000 per day from any ATM machine that
has the Master Card Logo on it and the card have to be renewed in 4
years time which is 2020. Also with the ATM card you will be able to
transfer your funds to your local bank account. The ATM card comes
with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Even
if you do not have a bank account.
Check: To be deposited in your bank for it to be cleared within three
working days. Your payment would be sent to you via any of your
preferred option and would be mailed to you via UPS. Because we have
signed a contract with UPS which should expire in the next three weeks
you will only need to pay $280 instead of $620 saving you $340 So if
you pay before the three weeks you save $340 Take note that anyone
asking you for some kind of money above the usual fee is definitely a
fraudsters and you will have to stop any communication with every
other person if you have been in contact with any. Also remember that
all you will ever have to spend is $280.00 nothing more! Nothing less!
And we guarantee the receipt of your fund to be successfully delivered
to you within the next 24hrs after the receipt of payment has been
Note: Everything has been taken care of by the Federal Government of
Nigeria the International Monetary Funds, The United Nation and also
the FBI and including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all
you will ever need to pay is $280.
DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYONE UNTIL YOU READ THIS: The actual fees for
shipping your ATM card is $420 but because UPS have temporarily
discontinued the C.O.D which gives you the chance to pay when package
is delivered for international shipping We had to sign contract with
them for bulk shipping which makes the fees reduce from the actual fee
of $620 to $280 nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort!
To effect the release of your fund valued at $2.3million Usd you are
advised to contact our correspondent in Africa the delivery officer Mr
with the information below,
Full Name: Mr Nicholas Justina
You are advised to contact him with the informations as stated below:
Your full Name..
Preferred Payment Method (ATM / Cashier Check)
Upon receipt of payment the delivery officer will ensure that your
package is sent within 24 working hours. Because we are so sure of
everything we are giving you a 100% money back guarantee if you do not
receive payment/package within the next 24hrs after you have made the
payment for shipping.
Miss Donna Story
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535