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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.
- 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 (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "MR.Kiyotaka Akasaka" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2020 19:29:59 -0700
Subject: IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF YOUR FUND US$10.5M ONLY VIA ATM VISA CARD
United Nation Organization
RE: DOCKET NO. OP 292.
Our Ref: UN/BKL/STB
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF YOUR FUND US$10.5M ONLY VIA ATM VISA CARD
We wish to inform you that your payment of USD$10.5 Million from the Federal Republic of Nigeria has been released and ready to be paid to your via ATM VISA CARD which you will use to withdraw the US$10.5 Million from any ATM Machine in any part of the world.
We have mandated the First Bank Nigeria PLC to issue an ATM VISA CARD and PIN which you will use to withdraw the fund from any ATM machine in any part of the world but the maximum amount you can withdraw per day is US$20,000.00. You are strongly advice immediately to contact ADESOLA KAZEEM ADEDUNTAN the CEO First Bank Nigeria PLC via his email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and send him your information such as;
1) Your Full Name:
2) Your Contact Address:
3) Your Occupation:
4) Your Age:
5) Your Sex:
6) Your Home Phone, Mobile/Cell Phone and fax Number:
The ATM VISA CARD approval in your name has been sent ADESOLA KAZEEM ADEDUNTAN the CEO First Bank Nigeria PLC and he is waiting for your above information to enable him process and send you the CARD and PIN number without any delay. So make sure you contact him right now with your information and tell him that you received a message from the UNITED NATION, Instructing you to contact him for immediate release of your fund via ATM VISA CARD.
Contact FBI via this email: email@example.com if you did not receive this ATM VISA CARD after 72hours you contacted him. You are warned to disregard other contact or any communication you have with other offices.
Please we are very sorry for the plight you have gone through in the past. Thanks for adhering to this instruction and once again accept out congratulations!
Public Information Officer.