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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:
- "money laundering" ("anti-terrorist", "anti-money laundering" or "drug-free" certificates are a common way for criminals in fake lottery scams and other Advance Fee scams to get you to send money to them. There are no such certificates in the real banking world. )
- "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)
- ",500,000" (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2019 02:46:49 +0200
We introduce South African Fraud Prevention Services (SAFPS) to you, with sole objective of stopping cyber-crime, Internet fraud, scams and money laundering in Africa, America and London (United Kingdom).
Since 2004 that the commission was founded we have succeeded in prosecuting and jailing over 7,500 in Africa, China, Malaysia, United States and UK and while over 6000 fraudsters are at various stage of prosecution. We have been able to stop the loss of millions of dollars by foreigners via deception with a promise of certain percentages in their letters requesting help to move certain funds and demanding money from their victims.
However the African and International Crime Fighters Commission-UN (AICFC) recently recovered over $422 Billion Dollars (Four Hundred and Twenty two Billion Dollars) from those apprehended and successfully prosecuted.
We write you at this time as our investigations shows you are once a victim of this crime and In line with our objective to help recover and restore stolen or lost fund through cyber-fraud, this is to inform you that the government have approved the sum of Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US $5,500,000.00), as fund to be return to you.
Kindly note, you may need to know that your payment of Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United states Dollars (US$5,500,000.00) will be paid within 72hours through the International ATM CARD which will be issued in your favor. Please find below other recent beneficiaries who got their international ATM Card successfully: Name: Donna L. Vargas: UPS Tracking Number: EO 989 255 511 US (www.usps.com), Name: Rovenda Elaine Clayton: UPS Tracking Number: 873944886796 (www.fedex.com/us).
How to Claim Refund: Fill in details of the following and send to the bank below,
Your Mailing address (Not P.O Box Please)
Your Direct Mobile Number:
BANK: ABSA BANK PLY.
OFFICE ADDRESS: 7th Floor Absa Towers West 15 Troye Street Johannesburg 2001.
CONTACT PERSON: Mr.James Nwangi (Payment Director)
South African Fraud Prevention Services (SAFPS)