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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:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- 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: "Mr. Leo Jaka" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:23:36 +0100
Subject: Re: Re: Your Payment ATM DEBT CARD
Attention My Dear ,
Good day, I want to inform you that after much stress, The Bank of America have decided to redirect your One Million, Two hundred thousand United States Dollars ($1,200,000.00) to Visa Debt Card Centre in Benin Republic as instructed by IMF POVERTY ERADICATION PROGRAMME for year 2014/2015 to help the needy which was approve the payment on your behalf so that they can package the total sum into their facility called Visa ATM Card and send across to you to avoid any circumvent all governmental taxes locally and internationally..
The Visa ATM Card Centre have on your behalf credited $1,200,000 dollars card with now Pastor Jules which you can be making withdrawals from the Card anywhere in the world and also make transfer to your bank account. You Are now advice to contact him in Benin on his contact below to receive your Card issued by United Bank for Africa (UBA).
Pastor Jules Gbeholo
Tel; (+229) 60 99 630
From the card, you can withdraw maximum of Thirty Thousand United States Dollars per a day and from the same card, you can transfer one hundred thousand United States Dollars to your local account per day.
YOU SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE THE RECIEPT OF THIS MAIL IMMEDIATELY WITH YOUR DETAILS SO THAT HE CAN RELEASE AND SEND YOUR ATM CARD TO YOU.
Mr. Leo Jaka