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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 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 of america" (this email uses bad English)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "accredited attorney" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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: " Alexander J HILL" <"www."@tulip.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: " Alexander J HILL" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:46:46 +0900 (JST)
Subject: DEAR RESPECTED BENEFICIARY:
FROM DESK OF ( ALEXANDER J HILL )
HOUSTON TEXAS 7700 USA FOR: DEPT OF JUSTICE,
UNITED STATE OF AMERICA
DEAR RESPECTED BENEFICIARY:
MAY I START BY SAYING I AM VERY SORRY FOR BASHING INTO YOUR EMAIL BOX
WITHOUT AN OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION BUT THIS HAS BEEN DUE TO THE URGENCY
AND OF GREAT IMPORTANT THIS ISSUE DESERVES.
I AM ATTORNEY ALEXANDER J HILL, THE CONCURRENT CHIEF REGISTRAR OF BILLS
AND CONTROL DEPT OF JUSTICE WITH CONTINENTAL NATIONAL BANK OF MIAMI
UNITED STATE AMERICA AND THE ACCREDITED ATTORNEY ATTACHED TO MIAMI
BRANCH, HERE IN U.S.A. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THERE IS A CASE PENDING IN
THE COURT OF LAW AND WE NEED YOUR CLARIFICATION TO ENABLE US
HOWEVER, ITS BEEN WELL NOTED THAT SOME DAYS BACK, TWO GENTLEMEN SHOWED
UP CLAIMING TO BE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE WHOSE AUTHORITY HAS BEEN
BESTOWED UPON THEM BY YOU TO CLAIM AND INHERIT YOUR FUNDS PRESENTLY
UNDER OUR CUSTODY WHICH WAS DEPOSITED BY THE BANK YOU WERE PREVIOUSLY
DEALING WITH.THIS FUND CAME FROM A BANK WHOM YOU WERE DEALING WITH
BEFORE. DEPOSITION OF THIS FUNDS US$20.900.000.00 (TWENTY MILLION NINE
HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) FAILURE TO TRANSFER/DELIVER
THE FUNDS/DRAFT TO YOU WAS BASED ON YOUR INABILITY TO COMPLY BY THE
PROCEDURE WHICH WAS STATED OUT TO YOU WHEN YOU MADE CONTACT WITH THEM.
IN LINE WITH YOUR INABILITY TO RECEIVE THE PAYMENT IN YOUR ACCOUNT,
THE PREVIOUS BANK DEPOSITED THE MONEY IN OUR SUSPENSE ACCOUNT DUE TO
INSTRUCTION ISSUED OUT BY THE (WB) WORLD BANK AND THE (IMF)
INTERNATIONAL MONITORY FUND ON PENDING CLAIMS UNTIL YOUR READINESS TO
CLAIM THE FUND. BUT AS WE HAD MENTIONED ABOVE, THIS GENTLEMEN SHOWED
UP TO CLAIM THE FUNDS STATING THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN THEM THE LEGITIMATE
RIGHT TO DO SO, IN LINE WITH THE INSTRUCTION ATTACHED TO THIS DEPOSIT,
WE WISH TO CLARIFY FROM YOU IF THIS GENTLEMEN INDEED CAME TO REPRESENT
YOU AS THEY HAVE ADMITTED.
IF YOU INDEED SENT THEM, KINDLY CLARIFY TO US BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO
SAY "YOU DID" IF NOT, LET US KNOW AS WELL SO WE CAN PROMPTLY LEGALIZE
ALL ANOMALIES AND EFFECT THE TRANSFER TO YOUR GOOD SELF ACCORDINGLY IN
LINE WITH THE LAW. IF YOU NEED A PICTURE OF WHEN THE GUARANTEE LETTER
WAS HANDED OVER TO THE GENTLEMAN FOR SIGNINGS, WE CAN ATTACH SAME AND
SEND TO YOU FOR PROOF OF NOTICE. THE GENTLEMEN HAS SUBMITTED AN
ACCOUNT WHICH THE INFORMATION AS STATED BELOW FOR THE
TRANSFER/DELIVERY OF THE FUNDS/DRAFT AND WE WISH YOU TO CLARIFY TO US
THAT THIS PEOPLE REPRESENT YOU AND THE ACCOUNT PROVIDED AS STATED
Lister hill Credit Union
Sheffield, Alabama 35660 USA
Account number: 701030781887
Account name: Herbert G.Holland/ Holland Company
PLEASE DO GET BACK TO US FOR CLARIFICATION SO THAT WE SHOULD FOUND OUT
THAT THESE GENTLEMEN ARE IMPERSONATORS, THE LAW CAN TAKE ITS FULL
COURSE AND YOUR FUNDS WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO YOU WITHOUT ANY DELAY.YOU
CAN BE IN DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE CONTINENTAL NATIONAL BANK WITH THE
Chief. Jordan R. Smith
FOREIGN OPERATION UNIT,
CONTINENTAL NATIONAL BANK,
UNITED STATE OF AMERICA
PLEASE DO GIVE ME AN URGENT RESPONSE TO THIS EMAIL TO ENABLE US SORT
THIS OUT AND SERVE YOU ACCORDINGLY.
ATTORNEY ALEXANDER J HILL (Esq)
FOR: DEPT OF JUSTICE,
UNITED STATE OF AMERICA