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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.
- 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.
- 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: "Mr. Gordon Bitko" <ATM.@viola.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Mr. Gordon Bitko" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2018 23:31:33 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Re: Attention Dear, Beneficiary,
We have actually been authorized by the IMF director and the governing body of the UNITED NATIONS Monetary Unit to investigate the unnecessary delay on your payment $1.4 MILLION since then as recommended and approved in your favor. During the course of our investigation, we discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily Delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank who are Trying to divert your funds into their own private accounts.
To forestall this for security reasons, your funds was recovered and organized and accredited into ATM VISA for your personal use only so that nobody will gain access to your funds any more and this will enable only you to have direct Control over your funds in ATM. IMF will monitor this payment to avoid the hopeless situation created by the Officials of the bank.
NOTE: Your daily withdrawing limit is $4,000 per day, you can also use the atm card to withdraw money from any bank atm machine anywhere around your country ONLY
Your atm card is been kept with the security company for security reason, you are advised to contact the security company with your name and home address to enable them release your atm card to you.
Below is the contact of the Security company in-charge of your atm card
Sure Security Company
Manager: Mr. Christopher Loftus,
Contact the company with your details and tell them to release your atm card to you
Chief Information Officer - Mr.Gordon Bitko.