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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:
- "consignment " (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: IMF USA <"www."@aqua.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: IMF USA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:13:42 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ATTN: TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN!
How You Doing Today.
This is to enlighten you of your consignment box which the note attached to it indicate the content of $7.5million USD, which have been withheld in our office for past One (1) Year.
All Governmental and Non-Governmental parasites, NGOs, Finance Companies, Banks, Security Companies and Courier companies which have been in contact with you of late
have been instructed to quit and back up from your transaction and YOU have been advised NOT to respond to them anymore since the IMF is now directly in charge of your Fund Delivery.
You are hereby advised NOT to remit further payment to any institutions with respect to your transaction/funds remittance.
Your fund will be transferred to you directly from our source. I hope this is clear? Any action contrary to this instruction is at your own risk.
Below is the information's Needed for Proper Authentication:
(1). YOUR FULL NAME.....
(2). YOUR COUNTRY.......
(3). CURRENT HOME ADDRESS......
(4). MOBILE PHONE NUMBER......
(5). OFFICE PHONE NUMBER......
Get Back to us with the needed information's as stated above for immediate and proper delivery of your fund.
Dr. Norman King