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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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: FBI OFFICE <"ADC."@clock.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: Agent Josh <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2017 06:31:54 +0900 (JST)
Subject: NOTICE OF ONGOING INVESTIGATION (FBI)
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
935 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20535, USA.
NOTICE OF ONGOING INVESTIGATION (FBI)
Good day, this is Jackson Josh from Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI), we received a call yesterday from IMF West Africa stating that your fund have been cancelled due to your inability to provide the requirements, in our conversation with the director he stated that the fund have overstayed in his custody that he will not bear the consequence of any lost that happens to the fund, he finalized by saying we the United State Government should come and take control of the fund.
We are sorry, only little or none, will America government help you in this case because the fund in question is not under America but Africa.
Now we would like to know your opinion in this transaction, in what aspect do you think United State Government can help you?
Your immediate response can be much helpful to you.
Agent Josh (FBI)
862 955 2836