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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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Morris Morgan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 16 May 2019 17:18:24 +0200
Subject: PLEASE CONFIRM THIS INFORMATION
Office of the Comptroller
of the Currency (OCC)
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20219
Good News From the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).
I am Mr.Morris Morgan Senior Deputy Comptroller and Chief Operating Officer United States Of America (OCC) you can read more about me here:
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is an independent bureau within the United States Department of the Treasury that was established by the National Currency Act of 1863 and serves to charter, regulate, and supervise all national banks and thrift institutions and the federally licensed branches and agencies of foreign banks in the United States.
I write to inform you that after so much deliberation with the Federal Reserve System and the United Nation as regards unsettled debts, lottery and compensation funds, the sum of $1.5 million has been approved in your favor as result of all unsettled debts,lottery and compensation funds due to you. We have been trying to reach you to know if this funds has been remitted to you and 188.8.131.52glad we have finally reached you through our Cyber experts and will ensure you get this funds.
Will advise you reach me with below details so I can guild you on how best to have this already approved funds transferred to you:
Name: Mr.Morris Morgan
Email: email@example.com ( Will contact you with official email after we have opened communication)