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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:
- "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)
- "here in united kingdom" (this email uses bad English)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Marina Williams" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:16:29 -0700
Subject: Re: STOP CONTACTING THOSE IMPOSTERS.
I am Mrs. Marina Williams, I am a UK citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here
in United Kingdom.My residential address is as follows, 77 Ellen Street, Springhill, Birmingham. England. United Kingdom
United Kingdom, am thinking of relocating since I am now rich. I am one of those that took part in the
compensation in USA many years ago and they refused to pay me, I
had paid over $85,000 while in the UK, trying to get my payment all to
So I decided to travel to United State Of America Washington with all my compensation
documents, And I was directed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Director to contact Mr.Robert Stein, who is a representative of
the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a member of the Compensation
Award Committee, currently in United state and 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 woman on earth because I
have received my compensation funds of $10.5 Million US
Dollars,Moreover, Mr.Robert Stein showed me the full information of
those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your email as
one of the beneficiaries on the list he showed me, 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.Robert Stein. Kindly send your personal details
to him to prove your identification.
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
Compensation Award House
Name : Mr.Robert Stein
Cell Phone: +1(302) 566-5379
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.Robert Stein
was just $550 USD for the paper works, take note of that.
Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact
Mr.Robert Stein 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.
Mrs. Marina Williams
77 Ellen Street, Springhill, Birmingham. England. United Kingdom