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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:
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: William Daniel <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 09:43:12 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: MESSAGE FROM IMF
Greeting to you..
This is to intimate you of a very important information which will be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in getting your long over due payment, due to excessive demand for money from you by both (corrupt Bank officials and courier services) after which your fund remain unpaid to you.
I am William Daniel, a highly placed official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It may interest you to know that reports have reached our branch office in Texas by Mr.Richard Jeffery, so many correspondences on the uneasy way which people like you are treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies/ Diplomat across Europe/Africa.
We have decided to put a stop to that and that is why we was appointed to handle your transaction here,All Governmental and Non-Governmental prostates, NGOs, Finance Companies, Banks, Security Companies and Courier companies which have been in contact with you of late have been instructed to back off from your transaction and you
have been advised NOT to respond to them anymore since the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is now directly in charge of your payment.
We don't have much to explain but all we need is for you to send down your home address and your direct phone number and you count very well how much you have spent under scammerâs so far because first thing tomorrow morning we will lead them to court and from the court they will be charge to jail. So you need to get back to us
with this needed information and if you don't know the exactly amount you have spent under scammer's, then tell us that you don't know the amount so that the court will charge them how much they will pay you as your re-Compensation. please all we need is the truth.
We await to hear back from you with the details.Please Noted That if You Find This email In Your Spam Please No That Is Due To Low Network.
Office:Address: 935 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20535 ,United States, call or Text me +1(402) 8588196..