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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:
- "clearance fee" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "stamp duty" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "consignment " (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)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "a diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "courier company" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Bell J. Lorris" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Dr. Bell J. Lorris" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2019 09:21:20 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Re: Final Solution to your Payment.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Fund Office
United Nations (UN) & World Bank Approved Global Payment Center
Our-ref: Your file number IMF/UN/35X/WB/08-19.
Ref: Final Solution to your Overdue Funds Payment.
It has been brought to our notice that you have not been paid your long overdue Funds Payment by the Apex Bank because of the current stringent laws guiding the transfer of huge sums of money around the world due to Terrorism, Drugs Trafficking, Money Laundry and some corrupt government officials / hoodlums who try to divert your money into their own private pocked.
As a responsible organization committed to the welfare of all citizen understanding the difficulties of economic time that exist today and would like to repay this obligation for the plan to meet your budgetary need. Our statutory obligation is to ensure that all citizens are fairly treated, be informed that your are left ONLY with (3) ways of getting your Funds to you.
OPTION (1) raising UBA Bank ATM (Automated Teller Machine) Swift Visa Card Loaded with your Funds and to be delivered to your doorstep and you will pay for the Courier Company Delivery Services charge to your doorstep before departure.
OPTION (2) the Technical means of transferring Funds and Government’s Consignments world wide as cash Payment Method with a Diplomat traveling to Deliver the Cash Consignment to your doorstep registered as Family Treasures and you will pay for the Diplomat Airport Clearance Fee in your Country through the Diplomat.
OPTION (3) we will instruct UBA Bank to open an Online Bank Account for you, to enable you access your Fund through Online Banking Services, effect Wire Transfer to your Local Bank Account in your Country or any Bank Account of your choice around the world, make Payments Online and you will pay for Stamp Duty Fee only to enable them process your Payment.
Your cooperation will be highly appreciated in this manner, kindly inform us of the OPTION you choose from OPTION 1, 2 or 3 and keep this methods confidential and bear with us any inconveniences this arrangement might have caused you and respond urgently to this massage with all your contact details.
Contact bellow details immediately for your Funds:
Contact Person: Dr. Kenneth Galer
Thanks for your co-operation.
Dr. Bell J. Lorris
IMF, UN & World Bank Approved Global Payment Center
Office Address: 700 19th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20431