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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:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- ",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)
- 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)
- compensation without further delay on this email address; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com you are hereby selected as an (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "IMF Communication Secretary" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:44:47 -0500
Subject: Happy New Year to you.
Happy New Year to you.
This is to inform you that the International Monetary Fund [IMF], New Appointed Managing Director Ms. Kristalina Ivanova Georgieva-Kinova, and the 9th Secretary-General of the United Nations [UN], Mr. António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, has declear and reached an agreement with Mr. David Malpass Selected 13th President of the World Bank Group. To compensate all the scammed victims $10,500,000.00 ( Ten Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only ) each for their lost in a previous years. Your name and email address was mentioned to the United States Secret Service by one of the Scammers who was arrested revealed.
Meanwhile this Compensation department has been mandated by the IMF and the United Nations, in conjunction with the World Bank Group President to pay your compensation funds to you through means of Cash Delivery, Cashier Cheque, ATM MasterCard which is 100% Guarantee for payment to you as one of the scammed victim. Therefore, Upon the above mentioned payment method, you advice to choose any of those payment option and get back to us with your reconfirmation details for delivery, so that we can proceed on your payment delivery process without further delay.
Furthermore we advise you to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) concerning any transaction that you might have lost your hard earned money to avoid losing more money to other group of scammers who are on the FBI wanted list and are still on the run and for this reason we want to warn you not to communicate or duplicate this message to anyone for any reason whatsoever as the United States Secret Service are already on the trace for the other criminals.
Warning: You are to stop all communications you are having with any person/persons, claiming to be agent, investor or bank officials in Africa, Europe(London) and Asia regarding any form of release of fund to you as their aim is to defraud you.
You are hereby advised to contact the IMF/UNCC head office to receive your Compensation without further delay on this email address; firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
You are hereby selected as an honor for this payment approval, which you are to acknowledge the receipt of this mail in returning the required below.
1. Full Name:..............?
2. Residential address or Office Address:.................?
3. Cell Phone Number and Home telephone Number:..............?
4. Your age and Current Occupation:.................?
Anticipating your urgent cooperation in other to receive your payment.
Mr. Gerry Rice,
International Monetary Fund [IMF].
+1 (985) 214-3366
Ms. Kristalina Ivanova Georgieva-Kinova,
New Appointed Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund [IMF].
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