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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "consignment " (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "UNITED STATE'S SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR." <www.@sound.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "UNITED STATE'S SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR." <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:25:19 +0900 (JST)
Subject: HAVE YOU RECEIVED YOUR FUNDS?
HAVE YOU RECEIVED YOUR FUNDS?
I 'm contacting you by your email however; I feel it's best and more
Convenient for me to explain my self, why I am contacting you, I'm Mr. Patrick Stewart
United States Special investigator I work with the United State
Fraud Unit of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) I'm specialize in
Background Investigations on funds which include [COMPENSATION/ INHERITANCE
FUNDS OR NEXT OF KIN, Consignment Box, LottoÂ® JACKPOT, LOANS] and I notice
That, you have being receiving numerous emails from people who claims to have funds
Coming to you, I advise you if you're still in communication with any of
Them, on any issue of fund however, you're hereby advise to stop every
Communication with them right now because those people have been investigated and
Confirmed to be a Fraud
I wish to announce our successful investigation which was carried out few days
Ago; I guess it will interest you to know why this investigation was conducted.
For your information, it was truly confirmed that you have 100% Legitimate
Unpaid fund, and you have every right to claim this funds as you're been
Confirmed to be the right Beneficiary of the said amount $5.5 Million USD
COMPENSATION/INHERITANCE FUNDS OR NEXT OF KIN however, Due to the delay of
Getting this fund to you, your fund has been increased to $6.5 Million
USD signed and approved by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) here in United States.
I'm informing you about this today because I came to understand that you're not
Communicating with the legitimate person who is in charge of getting these funds
To you, this announcement has to be made open to you, because you may
Have been swindled by those unscrupulous people whom you have sent money to in
The course of getting one fund or the other which is not real and for this
Reason, I have decided to help you get your funds directly from the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) here in United States
I want to know if you're interested in receiving your unpaid legitimate funds
Value $6.5Million USD however, I will only be of help if you agreed to follow
My instructions if you're really interested in receiving your unpaid $6.5
Million USD, I advise that you get back to me immediately. All I need is your
Cooperation and understanding
Please you can contact me back on my email by clicking your Reply.
Mr. Patrick Stewart
United States Special investigator