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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:
- "million united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- to: firstname.lastname@example.org hello friend, i am ms joan wilson, a us citizen, am 56 years old. i am one of those that took (Hotmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Ms Joan Wilson" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:37:55 +0200
Subject: STOP CONTACTING THE WRONG OFFICE FOR YOUR REAL FUND
REPLY TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am Ms Joan Wilson, a US citizen, Am 56 years old. I am one of those that took part in the compensation in London many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $26,500 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail. So I decided to travel over to London with all my compensation documents, and I was directed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director to contact Mr. Ron Williams John, who is a representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation(was a secret service agent in UK) and member of the Compensation Award Committee, also a high person for the GLOBAL FINANCIAL CENTER, He is the HEAD DIRECTOR of the WORLDWIDE PAYMENT REVIVSION UNIT, Mr. Ron Williams John is currently in the State (WASHINGTON DC) and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake. He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment.
Right now I have received my compensation funds of $5 Million United State Dollars Moreover, Mr. Ron Williams John, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealings with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you.
I will advise you to contact Mr. Ron Williams John directly through the below information.
GLOBAL FINANCIAL CENTER.
Name: Mr. Ron Williams John (Consultant)
Phone Number: + 1 202)753-9808
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.
The only money I paid after I contacted GLOBAL FINANCIAL CENTER with Mr. Ron Williams John was just $250 for the administrative fee and paper work, take note of that.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Ms. Joan Wilson
211 Caroline Apt.L 3, Cape Canaveral
Florida, 32920, United States