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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- "affidavit " (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Ms.Rose Jenkins" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2019 17:14:23 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your Compensation Award.
I am Ms.Rose Jenkins, I am a US citizen,58 years Old. My residential address is 226 Mckenzie Dr,Duluth,Atlanta,Georgia United States,I am thinking of moving since I am now wealthy.I am one of those people that took part in receiving Inheritance funds in East & West Africa many years ago and they refused to pay me,I had paid different fees while in the United States trying to get my funds from those banks and lottery organizers but all to no avail.
So I decided to travel to Wright City, Oklahoma with all my compensation documents, And I was directed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director to contact Mr. DAVID GREEN, who is a representative of the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF),a Human Rights Activist (Lawyer) and a member of the Compensation Award Committee, currently in Wright City, Oklahoma and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake, Mr. DAVID GREEN personally directed me on how to claim my Inheritance fund.
He directed me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds amounting to $7,400,000.00. Moreover, Mr. DAVID GREEN showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and those whose inheritance had not been paid and the list of all outstanding contractor that were owed that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your email as one of the beneficiaries on the list he showed me, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your funds, they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Mr. DAVID GREEN. Kindly send your personal details to him to prove your identification such as Full name,current home address,current Phone No.
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
Compensation Award Office.
Name : Mr. DAVID GREEN
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 in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing left.The only money I paid after I met Mr. DAVID GREEN was for full legal affidavit to support my claim and approval of my compensation funds release which will enable the transfer of the funds immediately to your bank account or whichever way you desire to receive your payment.Take note of that and i will advise you to contact him Asap if you wish to receive your fund without any further wasting of time.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
of 226 Mckenzie Dr,