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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 friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- 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: "Barr Yul Omachoko" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 00:17:31 -0700
Subject: The truth about your fund here in Africa,
The truth about your fund here in Africa is that you are going through wrong directions, that is why it is impossible for you to succeed in completing the process after several payments, I will be very open to tell you that all info you receive so far was all lies and it is about extorting money from you, and I will advise you to face the reality.
if you are ready to face the reality and stop wasting your time I will direct you to the manager who will transfer your fund into your account without stress. I know that you will be surprise to receive this massage but this is nothing but the truth, it is a planned work with some of the officials but the manager is not aware, after all the evil they did to you they go to the bank manager trying to have him transfer the fund in a account claiming that is your order but the manager refuse to accept the idea, the manager said he want to talk to you before he can release the fund, that is to make sure that you authorize the transfer to a different account.
I have the original bank manager contact info and I want you to get in touch with him for the transfer but before then you must not disclose my info to anybody because this is top secret, am very sure that the manager will be happy to speak with you because he want to make sure that your fund is not transferred to some one / or probably wrong information, and am sure that the account they submitted to the manager on your behalf is not the bank account you gave to them, so you really need to do something fast to avoid regret.
If only you will response back to me upon receipt of this email notification and follow my instruction, I will personally direct you to the appointed paying Bank were you will be paid instead of wasting your hard earned money and time on these
hoodlums, As it may interest you to know all this money you have been sending would have completed your payment transmission before now if you had contact the appointed paying Bank.
I shall be expecting to read from you only if you needed my assistance on this matter Via this email:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Barr Yul Omachoko