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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.
- 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: "UBA ATM DEPT" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 27 May 2017 21:35:53 -0500
Subject: Receive your ATM card today!!
This is to officially inform you that your email is short listed by the Central Bank Compensation Award Committee setup to compensate the huge losses of the victims of the internet scam/fraud; you are also warned to disengage from future pursuit of unlearned transaction.
However, your Compensation Payment via ATM CARD value at US$5.3M has been accredited and approved in your favor; all that is required of you to redeem your funds is to contact the payment officer with the official fee of US$90 being for duty stamp/courier/shipment charges.
Contact us as soon as possible through this (email: email@example.com)
You are hereby advice to re-confirm the below information once again to the payment officer for further proceedings/next line of action.
1. Full Name:
2. Home address:
3. Direct/personal cell number
4. Copy of any valid identification:
5. Your occupation
Below is the payment officer detail:
NAME: Micheal Krause
Mr John Mba