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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:
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "I.M.F OFFICE" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2018 02:23:21 -0700
Subject: ATTENTION PLEASE
We are heartened to inform you that after we received the approval for
your payment release to you then there came a counter email from Mr.
Williams S. Brock who is claiming you are incapacitated due to an
accident you encountered and as a result he sent us a web-link as a
proof that you won't be able to claim the said payment Valued the sum of
$1.950,000,00 and thereby he is acting on your behalf to claim your
money as Your Next Of Kin.
And in furtherance to claim the payment, he has sent us his full name
and address which is where he want us to Deliver The awarded Cash that
is already processed via ATM card/consignment/ Online Wire Transfer
being the mode of payment as approved by the Board award Ministers of
Finance. Below The address is the Information He sent To this office For
The Claim Of Your awarded Funds.
Name: Mr. Brock Visker Williams
Address: 2475 Arbor walk CT, Acworth Georgia 30101 USA
His email: <email@example.com>
According To Mr. Williams Brock he has promised To pay for the approval
fee which is the sum of $350 To make sure the delivery commence as soon
as possible, but To ensure transparency in our services to individuals,
therefore do us the favor to confirm immediately if this is the true
state of things that transpires between you and Mr. Williams S. Brock
else state otherwise You will not blame our office by transferring the
Money To Mr. William S. Brock.
Please we need Your urgent Reply To this Notification and Note that if
we didn't Hear from You in Next 48 Working Hours we will commence with
Mr. Williams Instruction and Give Him our Receiving information for him
To send the fee To commence with the delivery of the Funds, email us
now and let us know what is the problem with you.