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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.
- 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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "James peters" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:39:47 -0700
Good Day My Dear,
I hereby inform you that IRS-Internal Revenue Service conducted an audit on the USA government account recently. And during our recent audit, we discovered the total sum of six Million five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars Only (US$6,500,000.00 ) which has been approved in your name but still unclaimed/unpaid. Having received this vital payment notification letter, you are instantly qualified to receive and confirm your payment with us within 24hours.
Here are our methods of payment:
1. By Cashier check
2. By ATM Master card
3. By Bank to Bank wire transfer
We believe in giving you choice; which is why we offer a range of services to pick and choose from, so you really can't go wrong. We are so certain that you will be completely satisfied with our wonderful service. In order for us to work as efficiently as possible, it is understood that your co-operation is greatly appreciated. kindly get back us through our official email: email@example.com . Contact numbers : 1518328390 or 15179197797
Office of Internal Audit and Inspection Director
Internal Revenue Service