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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "fund beneficiary" (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2018 04:34:37 -0700
Subject: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
1500 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20220
Our Ref: USA/TREAS/898ATCP
Your ref: USA/IMF/7890/121
My name is Steven Terner Mnuchin, the Secretary of the U.S Department
of the Treasury. The executive agency responsible for promoting
economic prosperity and ensuring the financial security of the United
States. I was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 13,
2017, to serve as the 77th Secretary of the Treasury. Prior to my
appointment as the 77th Secretary of the Treasury,I have previously
served as Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Dune
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT RESOLUTION PANEL ON WITHHELD PAYMENTS
You are being contacted today dated (3rd of Nov.2017) because you have
not received your awarded funds and we want to advise you the status
of your fund payment case. Recently there was a court decision that
favored you in getting your funds back from international banks that
are withholding your funds. Although you are hearing from us for the
first time, we have been working very hard for you and making progress
on our research on why international banks has failed to completely
credit funds to international owners/beneficiaries account.
We have also taken time to review your online email communication
messages on your unsuccessful transactions with most international
inheritance/contract insurance companies and other foreign banks
especially in Africa and United Kingdom. We wish to let you know that
we have communicated with most of these foreign banking institutions
that withheld most international payments to individual accounts so as
to find out why these funds were withheld, the source of the funds and
a final solution to this problem.
Conclusively, we discovered that most withheld and unpaid funds which
originated from lottery organizations, international trading,
company's awarded contract funds and deceased personals where not
properly filed for international fund payment to its beneficiary
account by the fund beneficiary approved to receive such funds.Such
transfer suspension was placed on these funds because majority of
these international fund remittance/transfer are not properly recorded
by the paying institution for future file reference/assessment by the
International Monetary Fund and the Financial Services Authority.
Presently, your ongoing transaction in which you will gain full
assistance from us to monitor your case and make sure you receive your
awarded funds on instruction compliance will be on full effect in your
favor as long as you have complied with the Order of Court dialog in
which we are presently trying to obtain favor on your fund payment
In joint alliance with the Financial Services Authority to resolve
this issue, we wish to let you know that we have been approved to
assist you in receiving your awarded funds but only the total sum of
Six Million five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($6,500.000:00
USD) which was approved to pay. We have gone through the security
manifest booklet of all international outstanding transactions and our
extensive investigation confirmed that you are the original owner of
this fund through the assistance of the International Criminal Police
Organization (ICPO) to investigate and release suspended withheld fund
to its beneficiaries account abroad, we were able to gain an approval
authorization letter from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which
stated that your funds will be paid to you on proper confirmation of
its claim.We wish to inform you once again that there is an existing
arrangement for us with Federal Reserve Bank to process and pay you
the outstanding debt of $6,500.000:00 USD owed to you immediately you
provide the complete requirements needed for them to process your fund
payment case. This was resolved in a meeting held between the
International Financial Auditors in Europe and two representatives
from American government last week.
So you are therefore advise to contact;
Mr.James P. Gorman
Chief Executive Director Federal Reserve Bank New York USA.
Contact him with below details.
- A scanned copy of your international passport or drivers license:
- Your direct mobile telephone number:
- Your present home address for document delivery:
- Your banking details where to credit/transfer your fund:
By the virtue of the provision of the law which confer on us powers to
advocate, adjudicate suspend and authorize an immediate transfer of
funds internationally, we hereby state emphatically and without
prejudice that should there be any information that may succeed your
application for unclaimed awarded fund release that are currently
deposited in most foreign banks in Europe, Asia and in Africa, please
do not hesitate to provide the above information so that we will know
how to help you in receiving your funds.
Also note that failure to properly apply for the fund payment will
nullify your chances of receiving your unclaimed fund and this fund
will be diverted into government treasury.
Steven Terner Mnuchin
Secretary U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Questions about this information should be directed to U.S. Department of the
On this link (http://www.treasury.gov/about /Pages/Secretary.aspx)