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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)
- "million 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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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: "Mrs.Marina Williams" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:11:16 -0300
Subject: Re: The truth about your funds.
I am Mrs.Marina Williams, I am one of those people that took part in receiving Inheritance funds and Lottery funds from European banks even from many lottery organization ,Atm card and Compensation funds etc few month's ago and they refused to pay me which i though i had been scammed due to the no avail, responds from the Agent i have been working with, I had paid different fees while in the United States trying to get my funds from those banks, ATM CARD And Compensation and lottery organization but all to no avail. Which is why i Mrs.Marina Williams decided to travel to West Africa Nigeria for the claiming of my funds with all my compensation documents, and I was directed by the IMF Director to contact the reconciliatory Barrister Frank Daniel, who is also an attorney, A USA citizen and a member of the UNITED NATIONS & IMF COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE currently working with IMF in the WEST AFRICA NIGERIA and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is cont
acting us through emails
Presently I have received my compensation payment of $20 million dollars. Barrister Frank Daniel showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their Inheritance, Lottery payment and I saw your email address as one of the beneficiaries who is to receive the payment worth of $5 million dollars which is why I decided to send you a mail for you to stop dealing with those people claiming to be in charge of your funds, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you.
I will personally advise you to contact Barrister Frank Daniel he will assist you as he is a very religious man with the fear of God.
i know it will hard for you to believe me but the has to be said and i am a living testimony, i will really advice you to contact him because he will really assist you in this transaction for your funds to be transferred to your account.
Compensation Award Office.
Name: Barrister Frank Daniel
Phone Number: +1(724) 648-3809
Listed below are the name of fraudsters and banks behind the non release of your funds that I managed to sneak out for the IMF board of information for your kind perusal.
1) Mr. James B. Comey Jr
2) Ms. Carman L. Lapointe
3) Mr Ban Ki-moon
4) Mr. Dan Rochas (I.M.F)
5) Mrs. Tanner Williams
6) Robert S. Mueller, III
7) Mr Jim Ovia: Zenith Bank Plc In Nigeria
8) Dr Godwin Emefiele
9) Ibrahim Mustapha
10) Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde
11) Micheal Edward
12) Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
13) Mrs. Sherry Williams
14) Mr Wilson Norman
15) Dr. Patrick Aziza Deputy Governor - Policy / Board Member
16) Barrister Ucheuzo Williams
17) Miss Donna Gwen
18) Frank Edward (ATM DEPARTMENT)
18) John Rob
19) rita johnson
20) Ms Becky Donald
21) mr john will
22) ms.rita johnson
23) mr. walker dickson
24) Peter Michael
25) George Mankarious
26) Emile Mutambo
27) Dr. Robert Mooma
28) David Weyne Mutango
29) James Morgan
30) Larry Moore
31) Gloria Momoh
32) Col. John Muguh
33) Uiku Mavzer
34) Eng. John Momoh
35) Dr. Aaron Momodu
36) Barrister Michael Moss
CONFIRM YOUR DETAIL BELOW TO AVOID WRONG DELIVERY OF YOUR FUND WORTH $5 MILLION DOLLAR.
1. Full Name..................................
2. Residential Address.............................
3. Phone Number............................
4. Fax Number................
10.scan copy passport...........
Please reconfirm the above address to avoid any wrong delivery of your fund.
If you are really dealing with such scammers, You really have to stop contacting with those people that are contacting you, having you informed that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing to pay. The only money I paid after I met Barrister Frank Daniel was just $550 for the activating Fee for my account for me to receive my compensation payment, take note of that if you are not in any way related to this funds do not reply.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
1824 KINGSTON LANE,
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