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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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Jim Yong Kim" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2018 11:11:21 +0100
Subject: RE: LETTER OF NOTICE FOR YOUR PAYMENT OF $665,000.00
THE WORLD BANK
1818 H Street, NW Washington,
LETTER OF NOTICE FOR YOUR PAYMENT OF $665,000.00
Please bear with us for making this initial contact through email.
In partnership with the International Monetary Fund(IMF), an agreement was reached between both organization to settle all outstanding payments all over the world accrued to individuals/corporations with respect to local and overseas contract payment, debt re-scheduling and outstanding compensation payment. Please be informed that your contact email was obtained from email directory for the purpose of writing to notify you that you have been selected and approved as beneficiary to receive your own payment of US$665,000(Six Hundred and Sixty Five Thousand Dollars) only. We have been notified that you are yet to receive your fund valued at US$665,000. This valued amount of US$665,000 will be released to you from VISA Inc through VISA ATM card.
All it takes to enable you receive your fund is for you to accurately reconfirm the required details below so we can facilitate the immediate release of your fund to you by VISA ATM card which is easier and flexible to access by self. Please contact Charles Scharf below and reconfirm the required details below to them:
(1) Full Names:
(2) Residential Address:
(3) Country of Residence:
(4) Date of Birth:
(5) Phone/Cell Number:
Contact: Charles Scharf, Visa Inc
Contact email : email@example.com
When contacting the office above in person of Charles Scharf, please do quote or include the amount which is $665,000.00(Six Hundred and Sixty Five Thousand Dollars).
Jim Yong Kim,
President, World Bank
Motto: Working for a World Free of Poverty.