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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)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Federal Supreme Council" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:41:27 +0100
Subject: Greetings: Fund Owner
Federal Supreme Council of the
United Arab Emirates, Dubia
EMAIL: (office) ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Date: 9, February 2020.
ATTN: Beneficiary. PAYMENT FILE NUMBER: A
Release/Transfer Notice for your due Funds (US$15,500,000:00USD).
Payment File No: A.
It is very important that the recipient of this Letter should call this
office in order to confirm it to us that this very Letter was received by
you, the true beneficiary. You are advised to read this Letter very
carefully because every para-graph explains what you need to know about
the Release and Transfer of your due Funds.
At this point, we wish to remind you to stop all further contact with any
person or person(s) of Bank whom is not recommended by this Ministry. Our
Intelligence Monitoring Unit (I.M.U), Code of Conduct Bureau, Legal Unit
and The Federal Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and US
department of treasury control foreign asset UNDER the United Nation
financial foreign controlling management board task force have already
apprehended some of those suspects whom attempted to divert your Funds.
We are glad to announce it to your hearing today that the Executives /
board of Directors and Federal Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates
and US department of treasury control foreign asset UNDER the United
Nation financial foreign controlling management board , the Accountant
General of the orgnization have collectively Approved and signed the Order
to Release your abandoned inheritance fund of $15.5million USD.
Your fund is from Federal Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and
US department of treasury control foreign asset UNDER the United Nation
financial foreign controlling management board and member of Federal
Ministry of finance financial management board Committee as result as your
name appeared in the list among those that having abandoned inheritance
fund. They discovered this during their auditing on the all foreigner
chamber of commerce file in Federal Supreme Council of the United Arab
Emirates office in Dubia.
In other words, we put it to you that we are ready to remit your said
Funds into your chosen Bank Account, because we have a 4-5 working days
time constrain to Pay-off each beneficiary short-listed to be Paid by this
Ministry. Our Legal Unit have already reviewed your Payment Files and they
have passed it on to my desk for me to Pay you accordingly, so be rest
assured that you will receive your due Funds as soon as possible.
Officially, you will receive your due Funds via an "Electronic Wire
Transfer" which will enable your Funds reflect into your chosen Bank
Account within 48hrs after effect.
This mode of Payment is defined as one of the best and safest mode to
remit huge Funds internationally as it is absolutely different from the
usual swift transfer which takes longer time. Most Banks within the United
States of America, Europe, United Arab Emirates and other developed
countries operate with the "Electronic Wire Transfer" for international
transfers because it is a recent innovation in the Banking industry.
Certainly we shall transfer your valued US$15,500,000:00 from the
Sundry/Suspense Account of the Central Bank United Arab Emirates, Dubia
being the official Account for international/foreign Payments/debts. A
Sundry/Suspense Account can be defined as a secret Account owned by a
orgnazition and operated by certain assigned Organization officials being
the authorized signatories whom must sign before Funds can be remitted
from such account. For this very account no form of direct withdrawals can
be made from it except a Bank to Bank wire transfer which must be Approved
by the Executive President being the principal signatory to the account.
Consequent to the fact that I am responsible to Pay you, it is still my
duty to enlighten you on the accurate steps to take in order for you to
gain full possession of this said Funds been Approved in your name. In the
combat against fraud, Funds diversion and Funds delay, we have ensured
that several foreign beneficiaries have been Paid accordingly in order to
retain and rekindle our country's reputation on the global map because
this recent government dispensation is focused and targeted to relieve all
foreign debts as mandated by The Senate, The National House of Assembly,
The Federal Executive Council (F.E.C), Code of Conduct Bureau and The
Federal Ministry of Finance (F.M.F). Already, a lot of foreign
beneficiaries have been Paid by this Ministry so yours will not be an
exception considering the fact that the executive President have Approved
your due Funds today date 9, February 2020.
In accordance to section (1) paragraph 9 of the Settlement Edict Law of
The United States of America of 2020, it is imperative that you provide us
with the below listed information so that we can remit your fund
immediately. You only required to secure of fund release warrant permit
from Supreme Court of Justice Dubai.
Here below is the information we needed from you.
1. Your Bank Name and Address.
2. Your Bank Account Number:
3. Your Account Holder's Name:
4. Your Routing Number/Swift Code (very important).
5. Your Residential Address.
6. Your mobile or home telephone Number.
7. A form of identification (I.D Card or Driver's License) is also
required for official references.
To this effect, kindly call this office immediately after you read this
This Official Letter is being issued to you (THE BENEFICIARY) by "The
Federal Ministry of Finance" in collaboration with The Presidency.
Dr. Silver Wood
Mrs Jennifer Mike
EMAIL: (office) ( email@example.com )