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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:
- "million united states dollars" (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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: David Miles <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2019 18:47:07 -1100
Subject: IF YOU HAVE BEEN SCAMMED,PLEASE CONTACT US
I.M.F (International monetary fund) Scam Victims compensations payments.
My name is David Miles from the United Kingdom. International monetary
fund appointed me to investigate and assist people in your situation
to receive their compensation payment $4,000,000 (Four Million United
States Dollars) You are listed and approved for this payment as one of
the scammed victims to be paid this amount, Get back to me as soon as
possible for the immediate payments of your $4,000,000 (Four Million
United States Dollars) compensations funds.
On this faithful recommendations, During the last I.M.F meetings held
in London United Kingdom.The main topic in the meeting was advance fee
fraud such as obtaining by false pretense through different
fraudulent schemes e.g. contract scam, inheritance scam, job scam,
loan scam, lottery award scam, âwash washâ scam (money washing scam),.
Immigration scam, marriage scam, counterfeiting and religious scam. It
was alarmed so much by the world leaders in the meetings on the lost
of funds by various individuals to the scam syndicates operating all
over the world.
In this regard, three hundred and six (306) bank and government
officials have been arrested worldwide so far and arrest is still
going on. We have recovered the total sum of $100,000,000 (One hundred
million United States dollars) from them in both cash and assets
confirmed to have come from their victims. Thousands of email
addresses of their victims (which include yours) have also been
recovered from their address books. It is at this juncture that am
contacting you because you are now listed as one of the beneficiaries
of the I.M.F compensation payment .You are hereby warned not to
communicate or duplicate this message to any of the scam syndicates
For any reason what so ever as the Interpol is already on trace of the
other criminals. So keep it secret till they are all apprehended.
Remember that you are not the only scam victim, but you are lucky to
fall among one of the people that will be getting these compensation
funds, so if you feel reluctant to claim it, we will cancel your
name.Payment method according to the paying bank: Bank to bank
transfer or ATM card payment method. You are requested to indicate to
me the payment method to receive your compensation funds..Sorry if
you received this mail in your spam folder, is due to recent
connection error from the service provider Looking forward to read
from you. Note:This is your file reference number CESF257LUK
Do have a great day.
Continental Exchange Solutions.
Churchill Street London,United Kingdom.