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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:
- "million us 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)
- "power of attorney" (with your bank details and a power of attorney form criminals sometimes empty bank accounts)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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 James Richard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 14:02:05 -0700
Subject: CONSIGNMENT TRUNK BOXES DELIVERY
GOOD NEWS FROM UNITED NATION ATM CARD CENTER OFFICE,
How are you today? hope all is right with you; Please I advised that you
should read this email message very carefully and urgently get back to
me immediately to avoid wrong delivery of your overdue inheritance
unpaid ATM CARD fund worth of $4.8 Million USD presently at our custody
Based on the meeting held yesterday with the United Nations Official, US
Embassy Official and IMF officials In collaboration with Office of the
Presidency Republic of Nigeria and Federal Ministry of Finance F.M.F
Republic of Nigeria regarding all overdue inheritance payment File of
which your name and email ID was listed among the unpaid beneficiary, I
writing to inform you that your files appeared on our desk to pay you a
partial payment of$4.8 million US Dollars of your funds for this First
quarter of the year.
But we are having misunderstanding because a lady by name Mrs. Delores
Olea, from United States of America called our Office on Friday stating
that she is your new next of kin that you have given her the power of
attorney to claim your unpaid ATM CARD Fund worth of $4.8 Million USD,
she clearly informed our Office that you have instructed her to receive
the funds on your favor that you are greatly Will which makes it
impossible for you to ask all our calls and email to you so far that you
cannot work or answer any calls due your presently health condition.
Executive Board of Director Federal Ministry of Finance World are
currently and so confuse about her claim that is why the authority
instructed me to contact you for us to know if she is telling us the
truth or not to avoid delivering of your unpaid fund worth of $4.8
Million USD to unexpected person as we have no clue about this person
Mrs. Delores Olea.
She also forwarded below information DETAILS to us for the delivery of
your unpaid inheritance Payment worth the total sum of$4.8 Million USD.
( Email- email@example.com FULL NAME== Mrs.Delores Olea COUNTRY===USA
ADDRESS====3500 OLD DETON RD APT 208; CARROLLTON, TEXAS 75007 PHONE
NUMBER== (845) 218-1685 ) Kindly check this information and name if we
can go ahead and deliver the funds to her info.
After she provided this info to us, she instructed us not to bother or
disturbed ourselves by contacting you because you cannot access your
email presently due to your present health condition that we should
delivered the fund the funds to her provided information directly
because she is now acting on your behalf. If you still interested of
this ATM CARD fund kindly reconfirm your directly information to us
urgent to avoid wrong delivery such as okay.
1. Your Full Name:=======
2. Your Telephone No:====
3. Your Country:=========
4. Your Home Address:====
5. Your Nearest airport:==
We wait to hear from you soon Don't keep us waiting for your own good.
Mr James Richard
UN Specail Delivery Agent