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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 fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "money laundering" ("anti-terrorist", "anti-money laundering" or "drug-free" certificates are a common way for criminals in fake lottery scams and other Advance Fee scams to get you to send money to them. There are no such certificates in the real banking world. )
- "insurance fee " (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "diplomatic delivery" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "courier company" (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: "(FBI)_Deputy Director; Mr. Paul Little." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 05 Jan 2021 05:44:01 -0800
Subject: Re: Monetary And Anti-Terrorist Crime Division____(FBI).
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)
Monetary And Anti-Terrorist Crime Division
FBI HEAD-QUARTERS: J. Edgar Hoover Building 935
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20535-0001
United States Of America.
Greetings to you from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Monetary Crime Investigation Department. We're delighted to notify you that we have noticed through our Intelligence Monetary Monitoring Network (IMMN) that your paid compensation funds have not reach you due to bad and corrupt officers so far. We've been able to arrest them and they are now under investigation. It may interest you to know that this Compensation Funds has been awarded to you and few selected Individuals from different part of the world, by the United Nations Economic and Social Council. So you're selected and compensated due to your email was randomly selected from the list of scammed victims emails which we discovered from our recent arrest on some scammers, integrated with the fact that you have an adequate citizenship record with your government.
This Email is to enlighten and update you about the approval for the complete release and payment of your Compensation Fund to you by our reliable genuine source. I am Deputy Director David Bowdich, a vastly and highly placed FBI Officer. At our recent previous meeting held wit the United Nations Economic and Social Council, I was assigned to take responsibility of all the (20) lucky beneficiary compensation Fund Remittance/Payment to them without stress or delay. So it may interest you to know that you are lucky to be among the list of individuals whose Compensation funds have been approved for payment under the stipulated guidelines of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. We believe this Funds will be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties of life.
We are delighted to apprise you that the total sum of US$5,500,000.00 (Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) have been shared and approved for payment to you, this amount has been verified and processed by the Funds Remittance Unit (F.R.U) in your name and its now ready to be released to you. But for your notice; Each beneficiary funds has been deposited into different fix account with the Bank Of America (BOA). In respect to this progress an ATM DEBIT MASTER CARD has been issued in your favor and it's capable of withdrawing out the maximum sum of US$10,000 on a daily basis from your US$5,500,000.00. So we will be delivering this ATM card to your resident through a fast courier delivery company and when the ATM CARD and your fund documents get to you then we shall provide its PIN CODE to you for immediate withdrawal from your legitimate compensation funds.
Endeavor to read carefully and understand so that we can arrange and submit your final paper works and files holding your funds complete release/payment to you. Be ware that the Insurance, Anti-Money Laundering/ Life Insurance fee and other governmental tax on your funds has been taken care off by the United Nation Economy council. So all we need now is your personal information and details to proceed with the payout of your compensation funds to you and also for the registration of your ATM CARD with the Courier Company to ensure safe delivery to you anywhere in this world. Only the delivery charges are at your expenses because it will serve as a proof when the diplomatic delivery agent arrive at your resident.
Full Name: ................
Home/Mobile Phone: ..............
Kindly provide the required data needed from you, so we can update it with your recent file in our database and also proceed with your Compensation Funds Payment to you which will be coming in an ATM DEBIT MASTER CARD for your daily withdrawal of US$10,000 till your funds in the card finish.
So if you are seriously interested to claim and collect your legitimate compensation payment which is almost overdue, then you're to contact your active FBI correspondent & directing Special Agent Officer with his official confidential contact details below; ensure that you adhere and comply with the simple directives from his office on how your Compensation Funds of US$5.5M can be delivered to you in peace, without stress or any governmental obstructions..
Congratulations towards your effort in making this transaction a success. If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is because of the email maintenance restrictions implemented by the Internet Service Provider, we the (FBI) urge you to treat this genuinely and you are to keep this transaction strictly confidential till fund get to you to avoid matters arising or disqualification or termination of this transaction. NOTE: All funds have been moved to the FBI over here in Washington D.C and that is why we are contacting you directly from here. So if you have been contacting anyone or office about your fund and it's not coming through then you must put a FULL STOP to such communication henceforth because they have nothing or you. But if you are not contacting anyone then quickly claim your compensation funds today.
It was also agreed at the meeting that after releasing out this information to all lucky beneficiaries, whosoever compensation funds that will be found in the Compensation Award Financial Database waiting without claims after the submission of every payment awareness e-mailed letter, such funds shall be confiscated and forfeited to the United Nations account within (120 ) working hours. This office and your correspondent special agent will be looking forward to hear from you, and as soon as you receive this message and revert back positively we shall proceed with the immediate payment of your compensation funds avoiding delays.
Yours Reliable & Trustworthy;
Office Email address: email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
(FBI)_Deputy Director; Mr. Paul Little
Monetary And Anti-Terrorist Crime Division____(FBI)
FBI HEAD-QUARTERS: J. Edgar Hoover Building 935
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C 20535-0001
United States Of America.
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