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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- "high court" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "federal high court" (This court is often mentioned in '419' scams to give the victim a reason why he/she should send thousands of dollars to the scammers. A 'Federal High Court' exists in Germany and Nigeria, but not in other countries, such as the UK, Spain, Netherlands, Senegal, Benin, South Africa or other countries where fake lawyers in scams often claim to be based. )
- "federal republic of benin" (Benin, Cameroon, etc. are no Federal Republics, unlike Nigeria where this type of scam was invented)
- "email@example.com" (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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Raphael Nolan" <www.@wing.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Mr. Raphael Nolan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 19:06:56 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good News To You My Dear.
The Release of your $6.300 000 00, Million U.S Dollars (including interest).
You have been listed by the Federal Government of Benin among the people they are owing, that could not claim their over due payment and my Bank has been mandated to pay you immediately. After proper verification of your payment we discovered that the only reason why you have not receive your funds since is because you have not sign the original documents of your payment from Federal High Court of Benin Republic which is against our law to pay a person without signing any Authority to Remit agreement documents and fill the form from our Federal High Court to proof that the money you are about to receive, is well legitimate and confirmed from Government of Benin Republic,
and there is no way you will receive Millions of Dollars without signing any original pepper works documents from (FHCT) Please stop blaming Benin Government for not releasing your funds since because you are the caused of your problem for not signing these original documents. The people that have contacted you before do not know anything about this your outstanding payment.
To forestall this, security for your funds was organized in the form of your personal Identification number (PIN) ATM CARD and this will enable only you to have direct Control over your funds in the ATM CARD an irrevocable payment guarantee has been issued by the Presidency, Federal Republic of Benin on your Payment. However, we are happy to inform you that based on our recommendation/instructions, your complete funds has bee credited in your favor through ATM VISA CARD. You are therefore advice to contact the ATM Card payment center with the following information as stated below::
1. YOUR FULL NAME.
2. YOUR HOME ADDRESS (P.O BOX NOT ACCEPTABLE)
3. YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION,
4. PHONES AND FAX NUMBER,
5. YOUR COUNTRY
Note: you are advice to furnish Mr. Raphael Nolan, with your correct and valid details. Also be informed that the amount to be paid now is ($6.300,000,00 usd, Six million three hundred thousand united states dollars only) through our Bank, Societe Generale Bank Benin
If however this Email address is not belong to you, kindly delete this message from your mailbox, and pretend that we never contacted you, because we shall continue our research until we get the owner of this Email address, thanks for your understanding.
Mr. Raphael Nolan
Director ATM Department. Societe
Generale Bank Benin