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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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2019 17:16:06 +0100
Subject: FBI ALERTS!!CONTACT AND COMPLY- --nora
FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C
J. Edgar Hoover Building935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Washington,D.C hereby notify you about the ongoing transaction of $22.5m with the bank ,we have verified the transaction and its legitimate.Its important you note that its a criminal offense to claim the $22.5m without getting the documents from the Bank as you have been instructed.The offender is liable to 21years imprisonment..So ,Its better you contact the bank and get the payment for the documents across to them so that the $22.5m can be released to you.
Contact the Bank immediately and act as you have been instructed.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
Once again,contact the bank with the above email address and send the needed fee for the requested documents to them ,so that the $22.5m can be released to you on time in according to International Law.
You have been warned!!!
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building