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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:
- 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:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr Micheal Eswood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2019 13:52:26 +0100
Subject: treat as urgent
My name is Mr Micheal Eswood Director Foreign Operations Some documents and letters were forwarded and received in our office here requesting that your on hold and unclaimed funds be paid to Messrs Jacobs Enterprises from Texas USA. In the said letter of change of beneficiary/ownership, representatives of
Messrs Jacobs Enterprises states that you are dead and as such your funds should be paid to him as the next of kin to you. Because of the elaborate global
scam, we decided to contact you for confirmation. If after two(2) working days, no response is received from you, it will be assumed that you are dead and as
such, authorization and approval will be granted on behalf of Messrs Jacobs Enterprises to claim/receive your fund.
At this spot in time, we have approved your payment of( $10.5m us dollars )through our swift card payment center as that is the most recent instruction by
the Federal Ministry of Finance, with incorporate of united nation, this card center will send you an inter switch powered ATM visa card for withdrawal of
funds from any ATM station in any part of the world with daily maximum withdrawal limit of only Five Thousand Dollars per day, if you like to be given your
fund in this manner, gently present us with the following information below:
Reconfirm the following Information to me if you are still willing to receive your funds:
1) Email address...........
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) company's name,position and address.
4) profession, age and marital status.
5) Copy of int'l passport or any scanned identity to prove yourself.
Also, let us know how you want your funds paid to you without further delay if you are still alive. Send your response immediately.
Mr Micheal Eswood