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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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "barrister" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: Jan Eliasson <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:44:56 -0300
This is to official inform you that we have been having a meeting for
the past two months in the meeting we discussed on issue concerning Scam
victims this compensation exercise is also extended to victims of War
displaced also including some government retired workers and You are
among those that was listed all over the world that will benefit from
these compensation which have been concluded.
Therefore I am writing to notify you that United Nation have agreed to
compensate you with the sum of US $ 2.5m (Two million five hundred
thousand united state dollars) We have arranged your payment of USD
$2.5m through ATM CARD.The ATM Card with Security Pin Numbers shall be
delivered to you
Contact our representative Barrister. David Fisher and forward the
following details to him.
1. Your Full Name:
2. Address Where You want us to Send Your ATM Card
3. Mobile Number:
Contact Barrister. David Fisher with below email and forward your
details to him.