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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 of america" (this email uses bad English)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "ecowas " (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: FBI DEPARTMENT <"wwwyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy."@hop.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: FBI DEPARTMENT <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:51:50 +0900 (JST)
Subject: GOOD DAY BEAUTIFUL CITIZEN
Welcome to the office of Mr.John Bill
Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Good Day To You Beautiful Citizen .
I am Mr.John Bill, this is to officially inform you that all your funds which were denied being released to you by the former
FBI Director Mr.Andrew McCabe to you, has been part of the long overdue payment from Western part of Africa. The fund is worth the sum of $5.500 000.00 (Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) and is currently under my custody here at the White house Washington DC. And as you get back to this office and comply with the office requirements, your funds will urgently be released to you immediately.
RECONFIRM YOUR FULL INFORMATION PLEASE
Your full Name :
Your Home Address :
Cell Phone :
Because is highly needed to complete the issuing of your funds release as well,bearing in mind that this is the only office in charge of releasing your long over-due funds to you, this was the reason Mr.Donald Trump the President of United State Of America replaced me with the former director due to a lot of funds has been denied here in his custody. Also you're meant to understand that you will have to pay only the sum of $295.00 to the ECOWAS Department to enable them secure the approval Document and send it over to
you before your funds will be released to you from my office as this is the normal process to avoid been held by the authority .You're advised to comply with this instructions from this office & every information as you will need to contact the ECOWAS GROUP will be given to you from this office to avoid any sort of mistakes.
HERE IS THE INFORMATION TO SEND THE FEE FOR QUICK PICK UP to the ECOWAS GROUP.
Address: PORT NOVO,
Country: BENIN REPUBLIC.
Update this office with the payment details as soon as you make the payment and don't fail to confirm that you receive this email to avoid re-sending back many times. Please with all due respect if you found this email in your spam/junk folder please do note that it must have being there as a result of low server dispensation. Kindly move it to your inbox before replying back.
Thanks in anticipation!!!
FBI SPECIAL AGENT.
TEXT ONLY ON (202) 871-4467.