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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:
- "million 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)
- "courier company" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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:
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2018 02:11:33 -0700
Subject: Dear ATM Card Bearer,
Dear ATM Card Bearer,
The is to notify you that the United Nations Secretary General Mr.Antonio Guterres authorized us to pay you your long overdue fund totaling the sum of $15million united states dollars which
African bank was suppose to pay you but due to the bank in Africa and it workers in charge of your payment previously was corrupt and busy demanding unnecessary charges from you, and the United Nations Former Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon was unable to take actions or revoke
your fund to banks in the states to take charges as they will be fully monitored due to his busy
schedules, the atrocities continues until Mr. Antonio Guterres the new United Nations Secretary General took office from Mr. Ban Ki-moon to make things right.
Our bank JPMorgan Chase Bank here in NJ was instruction to pay you via debit card once you respond to us with the below requirements as stated below.
Current Home Address:
Cell Phone Number:
Once you provide us with the above requirement/ the delivering fee,The courier company shall proceed further with the delivering of your ATM Card to you.
Please ensure to reply via my private Unitednations1office.email@example.com
Mr. Armet William
JP Morgan Chase Bank NJ