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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "transfer of your funds" (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)
- "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)
- "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)
- ",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)
- ",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)
Fraud email example:
From: hdexpress <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2020 12:06:12 -0500
Subject: ...the perfect opportunity for you!
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
We write in regards to your delayed Contract/Inheritance Funds in the
sum of Eight Million , Five Hundred United States Dollars
(US$8,500,000.00) which you are yet to receive as a result of your
inability to raise the required fee(s) to conclude your Transaction. The
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has decided to proffer a solution
that will make it easier for all the Beneficiaries to receive their
Funds. We understood that some Fees are required in order process and
Transfer of your Funds into your Account. We are also aware that most
Beneficiaries do not have these required fees. We have therefore
deliberated with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in charge of
this payment to allow Beneficiaries the privilege of receiving their
Funds in two (2) or three (3) installments. In this case, Beneficiaries
will no longer be required to pay the fee at once but part of it
depending on the number of installments such Beneficiary will like
his/her Funds to be released to him/her.
Write the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and request that you
want your fund to be transferred to your account by installments
payment, so that once the first payments enters into your account you
can then use money from there to facilitate the transfer of the
remaining balance, once the first installments enters into your account
that you will equally give you another opportunity to do a
telex-transfer and withdrawal from your account to Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation Services Online transfer procedure.The (FDIC)
which is now in charge of your Payment has agreed to give the
Beneficiaries the option of receiving their Funds at once, in two or
three installments. This will help the beneficiaries to pay part of the
fee and receive part of their Funds with which such beneficiary can
upset the remaining fee and receive his/her complete Funds.
To break this down:Three Hundred Dollars ($300) fee will facilitate the
release of One Million United States Dollars (US$1,000,000.00) only. Six
Hundred Dollars ($600) fee will facilitate the release of Two Million
United States Dollars (US$2,000,000.00) only.One Thousand, Six Hundred
Dollars ($1,600) fee which is the total fee will facilitate the release
of your Full Contract/inheritance Funds in the sum of Eight Million,
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$8,500,000.00). However,
Feel free to inform us how much you can raise. should you or cannot
afford any of the above Mentioned installment so as for us to talk to
the Bank to know how much out of your Funds they could release to you
with the amount you can come up with.This is the best the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation can do for you and you are advised to take
advantage of this opportunity. Kindly, contact Mrs Yvette Sharret the
Superintendent.to indicate your preferred option.She could be reached
at: E-mail:( email@example.com ) / Tel: (516) 744-9525
NOTE: Do not be shy to indicate the amount you have in hands (no
proper-amount is so small to trigger installments-payment base on our
discussion with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) so that the
first payment will move into your account for you to confirm the
existence of the fund before your proceed for the
balance. Thank You once again.
Mr Crenshaw Ros-Lehtinen
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
1601 Bryan Street Dallas, Texas 75201
Tel number: 212-709-1676