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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:
- ",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)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Nelson Craford" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 02 Nov 2019 18:42:04 +0800
Subject: Compensation Fund Notification.
I am Mr. Nelson Craford , I am a US citizen, 48 years Old. II reside here =
in Austin, Texas. My residential address is as follows. 3607 Ashton Lane, A=
ustin Texas 78701, United States. I am one of those that executed a Compens=
ation in Nigeria, many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid ove=
r $20,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail. So I d=
ecided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, And I =
was directed to meet Mr Daniel More, who is the member of COMPENSATION AWAR=
D COMMITTEE, and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He took=
me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now =
I am the happiest man on earth because I have received my compensation fund=
s of $2,500,000.00 Moreover, Mr Daniel More, showed me the full information=
of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one=
of the beneficiary, and your email address, that is why I decided to email=
you to stop dealing with those people,they are not with your fund, they ar=
e only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Mr Daniel More=
. You have to contact him directly on this information below. DANIEL MO=
RE COMPENSATION HOUSE Contact Name: Mr Daniel More Email : gtinv.limited@gm=
ail.com Tel : Tel: +234-813-7731777 Office Address: 22 Awolowo Rd Ikoyi, =
Lagos, Nigeria. You really have to stop dealing with those people that =
are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not i=
n anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry=
you up until you have nothing. The only money I paid was just $200, take n=
ote of that. Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to =
contact Mr Daniel More so that he can help you to Deliver your fund instead=
of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for dif=
ferent kind of money to complete your transaction. Thank You and Be Ble=
ssed. Mr. Nelson Craford