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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "U.S DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 22:55:20 -0000
Subject: COMPENSATION SANCTION
U.S. Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue,NW
This is to bring to your notice that the US Department of the Treasury in affiliation with the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") has been authorized in their Sanction Programs to compensate 1,000 scammed victims who has being a victim of internet scam.The US Department of the Treasury has decided to pay you $850,000.00 USD(Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) each in order to restore the global economy to the enviable standard of respectability.
Your particulars was mentioned by one of the syndicates who was arrested as one of the victims of their operations.You are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him or her for any reason whatsoever as the US SECRET SERVICE is already on trace of the other criminals,these information should remain confidential till they are all apprehended,other victims who have not been contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and possible consideration.
You will be contacting Raymond Helen Grace directly by replying to this email for the release of your $850,000.00 USD compensation fund, she is the fiduciary director of the Office of Financial Research (OFR).You are also advised to provide her with the under listed information for verification and proper compilation of files:
United States Treasury Department.