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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:
- ",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)
- "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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Mike James" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 12:52:46 -0700
Subject: Re: Change of Ownership of your $5,000,000.00 26/03/2021
I wish to introduce myself to you properly, as the new Director
Appointed Fraud Alert Department in United Nations Fund Release
Department. I hereby send to you the information submitted in my desk
last week by Mr. Jason-White of Jason-White Group Ltd, with a letter of
changing of funds ownership.
Mr. Jason-White confirmed to us that you instructed him to stand on
your behalf to receive your approved claims of $5,000,000.00 to his US
This as a matter of urgency because we do not want to transfer the
$5,000,000.00 to wrong person especially now that there is so many
scam and fraudulent activities going on all over the word so we want
to know first if you instructed the above name to receive your
approved $5,000,000.00 on your behalf.
You are required to verify the following information and inform us if
you are aware or know anything about this.
1. Did you instruct one Mr. Jason-White of Jason-White Group Ltd, whose
Information's is below, to claim and receive your $5,000,000.00 on
your behalf ?
2. Did you sign any " Change of Funds Ownership" in favor of
Mr. Jason-White . thereby making him the current beneficiary / to
receive your $5,000,000.00 with the following account details?
Bank Name: US BANK
Branch Address: 1099 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA.95125,U.S.A.
SWIFT Code: USBKU5441NT
Routing Number: 121100782
Account Name: D. L. Jason-White
Account Number: 153497286531
Finally, Advice if you sent Mr. Jason-White to receive your
funds on your behalf, and if you have anything to do with the above
stated account, as I asked him to come back in a week time, and if I
do not hear from you till then, I will not have any choice than to
effect the payment in the name and account given to me.
I wait to hear from you urgently and I will appreciate if we can keep
this deal confidential. Please get back to me via my private
Email:(firstname.lastname@example.org) for further directives.
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We wait to hear from you soonest, and be rest assured of our
Mr. Mike James
Fraud Alert Department
United Nations Fund Release Department