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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:
- "mtcn" (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. )
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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 (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: FROM ECO BANK <"www."@snow.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: FROM ECO BANK <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:45:59 +0900 (JST)
Subject: CONTACT US NOW (202) 735-3998 ECOBANK ONLINE
ATTN DEAR CITIZEN : YOUR URGENT RESPOND IS HIGHLY NEEDED, IF YOU ARE STILL ALIVE.
WE ARE SORRY TO SHOW YOU THIS IF IT'S NOT TRUE BUT I HAVE SENT YOU SO MANY EMAIL THROUGH OUT LAST WEEK AFTER I HEARD THIS BUT YOU COULD NOT ANSWER ME, WE RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM MRS. JULIE L. McCoy, SHE CALLED THIS OFFICE YESTERDAY WITH THIS TELEPHONE NUMBER:+17038879548 INFORMED ME THAT YOU ARE DEAD AS THE RESULT OF YOUR THREE DAYS SICKNESS AND SHE SAID THAT WE SHOULD SEND HIM YOUR FUND TO HER ACCOUNT AND HERE IS HER ADDRESS: AND BANK INFORMATION WHICH SHE HAS PROVIDED AS FOLLOWS,
NAME MRS. JULIE L. McCoy
E-mail Address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Address: #6 Chateau Grove Lane, Barboursville,
West Virginia 25504: United States
Bank name and infos,
SunTrust Bank 411 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610 800 786 8787/ Fax 919 212 0165
Saving Account:/ Routing #: 053100465 /
Acct. #: 813822407 /Swift Code: SNTRUS3A
ACCORDING TO HER ON OUR PHONE CONVERSATION AND EMAIL, SHE STATED THAT SHE IS YOUR NEXT OF KIN BENEFICIARY, AND SHE ALSO TOLD ME THAT YOU INSTRUCTED HER TO CLAIM YOUR PROPERTIES INCLUDING YOUR MONEY IN CASE IF YOU ARE NO MORE TO BE FOUND ON EARTH AND THE AMOUNT IS $3.5 MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLAR.
WE ARE VERY SORRY TO HEAR THAT YOU ARE NO MORE TO BE FOUND ON EARTH AND WE DON'T KNOW THAT THIS IS THE REASON WHY YOU HAVE NOT REPLY TO ALL THE EMAIL WE SENT TO YOU REGARDING THE TRANSFER OF YOUR FUND.
THIS IS MY PROMISE TO YOU WHERE EVER YOU ARE, THAT WE THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE BENIN REPUBLIC AND BENIN GOVERNMENT ARE GOING TO DO EVERY THING WITHIN MY POWER TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FUND IS TRANSFERRED TO HER AS YOUR NEXT OF KIN BENEFICIAL TO YOU, MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE AND MAY GOD GRANT YOU INTERNAL LIFE ON THE LAST DAY TO COME WE ARE VERY, VERY SORRY IF THIS IS TRUTH .
SHE DID ALSO SAID THE KNEW SHE IS GOING TO PAY THE $150.00 REQUIRED TO GET THE FUNDS BECAUSE YOU TOLD HER SOMETHING LIKE THAT WHEN YOU WHERE IN THE HOSPITAL AND I SHOULD LET HER KNOW THE COST OF THE NEEDED CHARGE IS $150.00 TO COMPLETE THIS TRANSACTION,
WE TOLD HER TO HOLD ON AND LET US VERIFY IF THIS IS TRUE OR NOT BECAUSE WE ARE CONFUSED NOW ABOUT THIS CLAIMS' YOU ARE ADVICE TO RESPOND WITH EVIDENCE IF IT HAPPENS THAT THIS IS NOT TRUE THAT YOU ARE NO MORE TO BE FOUND ON EARTH.
SHE SAID THAT YOUR FINAL CEREMONY OF BURIAL WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE 28 /12/2017 ) SO YOU HAVE TO RESPOND FOR THIS FINAL NOTICE IF YOU ARE STILL ALIVE. YOUR URGENT RESPOND IS HIGHLY NEEDED NOW AND GET BACK TO ME HERE ON THE BELLOW EMAIL IF YOU ARE STILL ALIVE ON EARTH.
Does it means that you are DEAD AS THE WOMAN
SAID OR YOU no more interested of making the claim of your
outstanding fund US$3.5 Million of yours which have successful
channel to transfer and reflect into your bank and up till
this moment you have decided to remain silent after I have
personally took an Oath for you to secure this fund.
YOUR URGENT RESPOND IS HIGHLY NEEDED NOW AND GET BACK TO ME HERE ON THE BELLOW EMAIL IF YOU ARE STILL ALIVE ON EARTH.
YOU CAN SEND THE $150 00 IMMEDIATELY WITH THIS BELLOW INFORMATION IF YOU ARE STILL ALIVE.
Receiver ............ Ranall Eric
Country Benin republic .
Amount $150.00 US Dollars
Text Question. ARE YOU ALIVE ?
MANAGER ECO BANK