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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:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Marin AUREL" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2019 14:31:37 -0800
Subject: GOOD DAY..
Good day Beneficiary,
This is in regard to Unpaid contractors and Scam Victims. The Ecowas, America, Asia and European members Board committee of Foreign Debt Settlement Investigation (EFDSI) have held a parliament meeting in UK on the 1st of this month of January 2019 to pay contractors and Scam Victims. After the meeting, this committee has mapped out USD$100,000.000.00Million to compensate 40 individuals and institutions who their email address appears on the list.
We gladly to informing you that your email address appears on the list of contractors and Scam Victims, that will be receiving their sum of US$2,500.000.00 (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only). Therefore you have been approved to claim a total sum of $2.5USD in cash credited to file no: ASVFC/22019/19. You shall be receiving your funds through ATM visa debt credit.
To claim your payment kindly send your information's list below to our Foreign Payment Chief officer Mr. Wilson Boat on this email: (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
*Your full Name:
*Mobile phone number:
*Driver License or Passport scans copy for identification:
Upon receipt of the above information's, the Foreign Payment Chief officer will furnish you on how to receive your payment within the next 48hours in line with the regulation prescribed by the committee.
Once again Congratulation!!
Mr. Marin AUREL
Payment Notification officer.
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