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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr.jonas.yogo" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:11:47 -0800
Subject: Attn: Attn: E-mail Address Owner!.
Attn: Attn: E-mail Address Owner!.
This is to inform you that, we have been working towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa Countries with
the help of the African Union (AU) and the International Monetary Fund
(IMF). The International Monetary Fund (IMF) have ordered all the
money recovered to be shared among the scam victim`s as compensation
and your E-mail address was listed among our scam victim file, maybe
you have been scammed before,
This is to inform you that your own payment has been credited by ATM
VISA CARD valued US$950.00.000. The card center will send you an ATM
CARD issued in your name to allow you start withdrawing your money
from! any ATM MACHINE in the world. Furthermore you advice to
reconfirm your postal address include your full name and direct
contact telephone number through the contact information bellow.
MANAGING DIRECTOR SWIFT CARD UBA BANK
Name Of our agent Mr.Michael Osasis
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee. The only fee you have to
pay is their Security fee only. Please indicate the registration Code
Number(awb-33xzs) to DHL when contacting them.
Congratulations once again!!