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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:
- "dear friend" (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)
- ",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)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Rev. Heinz Matejka" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2018 01:18:36 +0300
Subject: THE HONEST TRUTH YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR FUNDS.
Hello Dear Friend,
I write with earnest prayer and I hope this email met you in a very good pr=
esent state of mind and health. I know you will be surprise at receipt of t=
his email, apart from being surprise you may be skeptical to reply back to =
me because based on what is going on in the internet world so one has to be=
extra very careful.
I am Rev.Heinz Matejka from Germany,I reside here 19 LoValley Way Taylors, =
SC 29687 now. I am one of those that took part in the United Nation/Interna=
tional Monetary Fund (IMF) compensation so many years ago and they refused =
to pay me.
I had paid over $245,000 while I was in Germany trying to get my due compen=
sation but all to no avail, I had been a victim of scam for 7 years. I lost=
my car, my house and I undergone several surgery. I lost so much to those =
internet scammers who want me to keep sendig them fee and more money for do=
cuments and so on..
I decided to travel down with all my compensation documents to the compensa=
tion office here in the United State where I was directed to meet One Direc=
tor Andrew Liors Of the Rooley Security Company, who is the member of COMPE=
NSATION AWARD COMMITTEE. He explained several things to me and I also made =
him understand how far I have went to get my due funds but yielded to no go=
He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Rig=
ht now I am the most happiest man on earth because I have received my compe=
nsation funds of $15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million Dollars) after 7 years.
Moreover, Dir. Andrew Liors showed me some names and information of those t=
hat are yet to receive their Due compensation funds just like me because we=
have been contacting the wrong offices and department who keep giving us s=
everal stories and yet we did not receive anything. I saw your name and ema=
il as one of the beneficiaries who are yet to receive Due compensation fund=
s that belongs to your name, This is the reason I decided to email you info=
rming you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your funds, =
they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Dir. An=
drew Liors of the Compensation Department.
Once you get back to me I will provide you with the information you will us=
e to contact Dir. Andrew P. Liors of the Department of Homeland Security in=
other to get your due funds.
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you a=
nd telling you 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 ha=
ve nothing. The only money I paid after I met Dir. Andrew Liors was just $5=
50Usd for the paper works and make sure you take note of that.
Once again I will love to advise you to stop contacting those people for yo=
ur own interest, I will advise you to contact Dir. Andrew Liors so he can h=
elp you to Deliver your fund instead of dealing with those liars that will =
be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your t=
Thank You and Remain Blessed.
Rev. Heinz Matejka
LoValley Way Taylors, SC 29687 .