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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:
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Jeff Clark" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 07:00:03 -0700
Subject: We Are Sincerely deeply very sorry
LETTER OF SETTLEMENT.
My name is Jeffrey Bossert Clark (born April 17, 1967) I am American
lawyer. Currently a partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis,I was
confirmed as United States Assistant Attorney General for the
Environment and Natural Resources Division on October 11, 2018.
We are deeply very sorry to see from our record investigation it has
drawn to us that you have been victimized by the men of
underworld(Pretenders/impostors). However,the management has been
dutifully empowered by the Investigation bureau office of the
PRESIDENCY and United Kingdom Ministry of Justice to curb all illicit
transaction and workload of this perpetrators.
In line with the Anti-corruption crusade of the United State Of
America Trump, you are here been informed that we have been mandated
to ensure you are been secured and well compensated for all your past
lost during your communication with them past and present.
Presently,we have employed a strategy to remit sanity,and vow to
terminate the activity of this fraudsters, by consolidating our
security Network all over the country in view to monitor all outgoing
and incoming communication to enable us fish out and avert all illegal
and suspicious transaction both domestically and internationally
Moreover,it occur that some of our Financial Institutions (Bank) sum
in UK and other foreign Nations serve as a conduit pipe by which this
fraudsters use to perpetrate the undo crime. We have signal all these
financial institutions to implement scrutinized investigation before
carrying any transaction. Any bank found culpable of breaching the
law, must have their operational license revoke.
In accordance with the criminal and other related offense act 27 of
1999 constitution of United State of America and United Kingdom, we
have been officially compel by Office Of the Presidency to mapped out
billions of Dollars from the United Global Bank to compensate all
defrauded victims as part of the ongoing National Reform Scheme of the
New Administration and means to radiate immunity for criticism.
By the strength of this development the sum of US$830,000,00 (Eight
Hundred And Thirty Thousand) has been SIGNED to each
beneficiaries.This Memorandum is to notify you that you will be
settled with the sum of US$8300,000,00 (Eight Hundred And Thirty
Thousand)only for your settlement.
Kindly send the above information :
1. Your full name:
2. Your residential address:
3. Mobile and fax number (for regular official contact).
These above-mentioned information will officially enable us to carry
out our verification processes and after that your compensation
settlement will be approved in your name and Electronically wired into
your designated Bank account depending on which mode of payment you
You are to contact this office upon receipt of this notification
immediately for us to proceed for this payment.
To fight against corruption to a standstill and restore United States
and London to the enviable standard of respectability and dignity of
Jeffrey Bossert Clark official
United States Assistant Attorney
General for the Environment and
Natural Resources Division.
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