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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:
- "processing fee" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- 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: "Rachael Roberts" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 08:33:26 -0700
Subject: Re: Claim of my compensation fund
I am Rachael Mariam Roberts , an American. I reside in Conyers, Georgia. I fell victim to scam two years ago, It took me a while and I decided to travel with my Son to FBI office in WASHINGTON D.C with every proof, right there (FBI Agent Stephen E. Richardson Assistant Director (AD) for the Criminal Investigative Division (CID).) showed me various inheritance, dating, lottery letters used by scammers that was when it was clear to me that i have been duped. He congratulate my courage and contacted the Nigeria embassy in the US and after some hours in his office, I was asked by the FBI officer to come back the next week.
When I did the FBI officer gave me the contact of one Mr. Ray Sanderson who is a representative of the United States of America Public Affairs Section and a member of the compensation award committee currently in Florida to handle all unfinished transaction to their respective owners. When I contacted him, he explained everything and told me that who so ever is contacting us through emails are fake that I should fly down to Texas to see things for myself which I did and he took me to the paying bank for the claim of my compensation fund.
I have finally received my compensation fund of US$3,930,000.00. Moreover, Ray showed me the full Information of those that are yet to receive their compensation fund, this was how I came across your email address and your name.
The only Money I paid after I meet with Ray Sanderson was just $732 for processing fee. So I am advising you to contact Ray through his office email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) for your own money including the money you lost to those scammers. Take it very serious. Contact him right now and send your telephone number and your residential address to him for him to commence with the preparation of the ownership paper work with your information.
Thank you & God bless you.
Rachael M. Roberts.
1628 Ellington Rd, SE Conyers,