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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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "DOUGLAS RICHARD" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2017 16:23:52 +0200
Subject: FUND IS READY
Dear Valued Citizen.
We bring to your notice that your outstanding payment has been approved from United Nation and World Bank/IMF to release your compensation Fund through ATM Master Card out any further delay.
Please be informed that you’re REF/PAYMENTS CODE IS: WFSC/07735,
This includes citizens of ASIA, AUSTRALIA, EUROPEAN, AFRICA & AMERICA, CANADA to support people in countries across the region affected by the Tsunami and Hurricane. Also include individuals whose Inheritance claims were denied many years ago. Hence, you received this letter for either of the above reasons please kindly responds your matter will be treated immediately.
Confirmation listed below:
1. YOUR FULL NAME:
2. YOUR ADDRESS:
3. YOUR MOBILE PHONE NUMBER:
4. YOUR AGE:
5. CURRENT OCCUPATION:
Your ATM Master Card can use at ATM machine around the world.
Thanks for your co-operation.
MR. DOUGLAS RICHARD