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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: rmr_06 <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:17:48 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Re: URGENT Ref#: $10.7 Million/ IRS US
On Monday, April 23, 2018, 5:22:32 AM GMT+8, IRS.gov <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
U.S. Department of the Treasury
From United States Internal Revenue Service Department:
Address: P.O. Box 7704 San Francisco,
This is Mr. John Koskinen, the Commissioner of USA Internal Revenue
Service (IRS). I went to York New during the last Annual executive?
meeting and realized that you are yet to receive your fund. According to
the current Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo Bank, Mr.Timothy J.
Sloan, you refused to pay the last fee for the transaction to be
I am contacting you this morning because USA government authority wants
to divert your fund to our Treasury since you are unable to claim it.
However, I have sent a message through the current Chief Executive
Officer of Wells Fargo Bank Mr.Timothy J. Sloan, pleading with them to
wait until I hear from you today to know the why you abandon your
awarded $10.7 Million. According to Mr.Timothy J. Sloan, the last fee
you are to pay is $198.00.
I need your urgent response as soon as you receive this email with the
reasons you abandon the fund. If you don't want it, we could change your
name to another American citizen because we cannot afford to lose the
fund to USA Government. I hope to hear from you soon.
Your prompt reply is expected.
Mr. John Koskinen
The Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service (IRS)