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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:
- "tax clearance" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "deadline" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "tax clearance" (Tax offices mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. Even after you pay their fake tax demands you will still not receive the non-existent funds you have been promised. )
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Jayden Melrose" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:19:03 +0200
Subject: Re: Payment Stops 29th Dec. 2017
STOP CONTACTING ANY AGENCY,DEPARTMENT,OR OFFICE CLAIMING TO HAVE POWER TO EFFECT YOUR TRANSFER. THE SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS HAS EMPOWERED US TO EFFECT THIS ASSIGNMENT, AND EVERY OTHER AGENCY HAVE BEEN WARNED TO DESIST FROM CONTACTING YOU...LET US KNOW WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN HANDLING YOURS.
Why are you wasting time and effort when Deadline for the closure of all unclaimed funds remains 29th December 2017.Why have you kept silent for this long? How can you make the mistake of sending Mr Michael Laton to claim the funds on your behalf? He was at our office this morning with the $980 swift wire transfer fee, and he provided a Bank of America account where we are to effect the payment.
I decided to write you again on this because he did not even provide any form of written authorization from you, and that immediately aroused my suspicion.
I am very experienced on internet fraud and we are well affiliated with the FBI, INTERPOL and have the full support of the Presidency to enforce payment of beneficiaries,even in extreme cases like repatriation of funds stuck in Africa, a major bottleneck for most beneficiaries.
Take note, this fund is your right and as long as you have proof of your Identification and the necessary $980 swift wire fee,you are connected instantly.Forget the stories of certificates and demands...We have the following documents vital to effect transfer as listed below:
Your Certificate of Ownership
Tax Clearance Waiver Certificate
Account Statement print out with ALBATROSS ESCROW ASSET/FINANCE PORTFOLIO MANAGERS
The $3.5m had to be securely lodged by the US Clearing House in the United Kingdom because of too many fraud attempts on your file so once i see your id and swift wire fee of $980,i will be rest assured i am dealing with the true beneficiary.
You need to get back to the payment authorization officer urgently and also provide a working 24 hour phone number as he will need to urgently discuss this deeply and close things before deadline or else you will lose every penny to the USA Treasury Board and the funds will be diverted for Government Budgetary spending.
Once she has your file updated,and you settle the $980 swift wire fee,you will be set for Online Banking payment via swift wire transfer for you to withdraw from anywhere in the world, irrespective of geographical location.
Email the Payment Authorization officer, Mrs Jessica Albertine via email:
Tell her i notified you, and he will grant you all necessary assistance before deadline.
Mr Jayden Melrose (LLB.BL.ACIS.MBA)
Payment Authorization Director
Payment Escrow Government Agency
Texas District Office 003(USA)