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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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.
- +447045746588 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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: "Mrs.Wanda D Trump" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:41:44 -0800
Subject: Urgent Attention Dear Friend Your Fund Act Fast.
Urgent Attention Dear Friend Your Fund Act Fast.
My name is Wanda D Trump age 41 years old and my residential address is as
follows 9248 Sharp town Road,,Laurel,DE,19956, United States of America, I
am one of those people that took part in receiving Inheritance funds and
Lottery funds from African banks and European banks even from many lottery
organizers few years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid different
fees or charges of over $85,000 while in the USA trying to get my funds
from those banks and lottery organizers but all to no avail.
So i decided to travel to WASHINGTON D.C USA with all my payment approval
documents,and I was directed by the F.B.I. Director to contact a man called
Barrister Nelson Duke jr, A BRITISH CITIZEN and a member of the UNITED
NATIONS ORGANISATION (UNO) & INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUNDS (IMF)
COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE currently staying in United - Kingdom.
I contacted him in United Kingdom and he explained everything to me.
Barrister Nelson Duke jr personally directed me on how to successfully
claim my Inheritance and Lottery payment from the paying bank and right now
i am the happiest man on earth because i have now finally received my funds
totaling US$ 6 Million (Six Million U.S Dollars). Moreover Barrister
Nelson Duke jr, showed me the full information of those people that are yet
to receive their payments and i saw your names/your email address as one of
the beneficiaries and that is why i decided to email you to stop dealing
with those people because they are not with your funds but they are only
making money out of you.
I will personally advise you to contact Barrister Nelson Duke Jr in United
Kingdom immediately after reading this message. You have to contact him
directly on this information below:
Contact Person: Barrister Nelson Duke Jr
Contact Address: No.285 Griffiths Drive Wolverhampton WV11 2JT United
Email ID: email@example.com
Call him on cell number: +44 704 574 6588
Contact him now and send him (1). Your full names, (2). Your full contact
Address, (3). Your mobile phone numbers (4). Your Age and Occupation Etc...
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you
now telling you that your funds is with them because your funds is not in
anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry
you up until you have nothing left with you. Once again stop contacting
those people, I will advise you to contact only Barrister Nelson Duke Jr in
United - Kingdom so that he can help you process your payment through the
paying bank instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you
around asking for different kind of money for fees to complete your
I only paid $95usd for the needed paper works which he
presented to the paying bank and that was all.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs. Wanda D Trump