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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:
- "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)
- "await your urgent response" (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.
- 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: "FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:55:38 +0100
Subject: I WANT TO BRING THIS TO YOUR NOTICE
I want to bring to your notice that i have today received a Notice for a Change of Fund Ownership/ Account application from
Mr. Pedro Nunez. Mr Pedro asked us to deposit your fund to this new account stated below.
Beneficiary name: Pedro Nunez
Routing number: 10173619
Account number: 029651321
Swift code: CBKCUS44
He said that you have a new contract in Kansas City, Missouri and has ran out of funds hence you want us to immediately deposit your approved compensation fund to the new account above. I am therefore writing to find out if you are the one that authorized this new change of account .
Meanwhile, it has also come to my notice that your name/payment has Never been Gazetted on the official Government website as an approved payment. This explains the reason why all your efforts to get this Fund has proved abortive.
The NNDSD was established on 7th Nov, 2018 to centrally coordinate the management of debt owed foreign contractors, which was hitherto being done by a myriad of establishments in an uncoordinated fashion. This diffused public debt management strategy led to inefficiencies and also created fundamental problems, including the following:
1:Operational inefficiency and poor coordination;
2:Inadequate debt data recording system and poor information flow across agencies with consequent inaccurate and incomplete debt records;
3:Extreme difficulty in the verification of creditorsâ claims due to conflicting figures from the various bodies handling the debt management function;
4:Complicated and inefficient debt service arrangements, which created protracted payment procedure and often led to penalties that added to the nationâs debt stock;
5:Inadequate manpower and poor incentive systems for the affected personnel, which affected outputs and performance;
6:Lack of consistent well-defined debt management strategies which led to bureaucratic challenges that gave opportunity to fraudulent officials to cheat, deceive and scam unsuspecting fund beneficiaries.
The consideration of these myriad problems led government to support the establishment of a relatively autonomous public debt management department, which resulted in the formation of the NNDSD in 7th Nov, 2018. The need for the creation of a separate public debt management department was therefore aimed at addressing some of the issues raised above. Respond back to me immediately you receive this Memo to confirm if you are the one that authorized your fund to be sent to the new back account in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Your compensation funds of $8,800,000.00 Moreover will be released to you, Mr Kelvin Thomspon, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you.I will advise you to contact Mr wilson larry. Email him directly on this.
Name: Mr Kelvin Thomspon
Number: +1(202) 793-6073
The only money I paid after I meet Mr Kelvin Tompson. was just $155 Usd for the paper works, take note of that. Once again stop contacting those people, I will advise you to contact Mr Kelvin Tompsonson that he can help you to Transfer your Fund into your account, instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.
I await your urgent response.