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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:
- "million us 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)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Myron Michael Costa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:11:27 +0100
Subject: I BELIEVE YOU WILL BE HAPPY TO READ THIS !!!
Attn: My Dear ,
I am Mr Myron Michael Costa, I am a US citizen, 85 years Old. I reside
here in Oregon . My residential address is as follows. 2615 SE
Courtney Ave # 10 Milwaukie, Oregon 97222 United States, I am one of
those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and
they refused to pay me, I had paid over $64,000 while in the US,
trying to get my payment all to no avail.
So I decided to travel to WASHINGTON D.C with all my compensation
documents, And I was directed by the ( F B I) Director to contact
Mr.Patrick W. Kelley, who his a representative of the ( F B I ) and a
member of the Chief Compliance Officer, I contacted him and he
explained everything to me, He said whoever is contacting us through
emails are fake.
He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation
payment,Right now I am the most happiest Man on earth because I have
received my compensation funds of $10.5 Million Us Dollars Moreover,
Mr.Patrick W. Kelley, showed me the full information of those that are
yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the
and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop
dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only
making money out of you.
I will advise you to contact Mr.Patrick W. Kelley,You have to contact
him directly on this information below.
FBI Chief Compliance Officer, Office of Integrity and Compliance
Name : Mr. Patrick W. Kelley
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you
and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with
them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until
you have nothing.
The only money I paid after I met Mr.Patrick W. Kelley was just $255 for the
paper works, take note of that.
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact
Mr.Patrick W. Kelley so that he can help you to Deliver your fund instead of
dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for
different kind of money to complete your transaction.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mr Myron Michael Costa
2615 SE Courtney Ave # 10
Milwaukie, Oregon 97222 ,
United States Of America