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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:
- "high court" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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: IMF PAYMENT OFFICE <email@example.com>
Reply-To: IMF PAYMENT OFFICE < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2019 19:01:14 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your approval compensation funds worth $10.5 million usd dollars.
Activities from the IMF Office in Resident Representative for Nigeria
Office Information: Hon. Justice Mohammed Bello St. Asokoro Abuja
Amine Mati: Mission Chief/Senior Resident Representative
I have to inform you again that we are not playing over this transaction, I know my reason for the continuous sending of this E-mail notification to you regarding your ATM CARD delivery, i know the fact that you can't seem to trust any one again over this payment delivery for what you have been in cantered in many months ago or years ago, but I want you to trust me for this first and last step because opportunity comes only but once OK.
I know you might lose some money to criminals or scams before does not mean that others do not have trustworthiness okay, remember if this transaction does not exist or is not real, then you will not be getting fake from people, because there wouldn't be fake without original, there will be original before they make fake, so wherever there is fake, so there must be Original there okay, All you need to do is to follow my instructions and you will surely receive your atm card.
This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to problems or irregularities by governments etc. We found your email in the list and we are contacting you, this has been agreed upon and has been signed by the Board of Directors and Trustees of the United Nations.
Be inform that your approval compensation funds worth $10.5 million usd dollars has be approved and convert into ATM CARD and our special Agent Mr.Garry Musa will be coming to your country during this weekend to deliver some package ATM CARD, so I decided to contact you once again today and inform you about the movement, so if you still interested to receive your funds quickly send us your home address right away to avoid wrong delivery.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED WITH MY EFFORT AND MY EXPLANATION SEND US YOUR FULL INFORMATION AS BELOW.
Receiver Full name:
Your Phone Number:
I wait your quickly respond E-mail or call my number +2347014212237 .
Hon. Justice Mohammed Bello
Contact number +2347014212237
IMF Office: High court of Justice