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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a fake lottery scam. Consider the following facts about real lotteries:
- They don't notify winners by email.
- You can't win without first buying a lottery ticket.
- They don't randomly select email addresses to award prizes to.
- They don't use free email accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc) to communicate with you.
- They don't tell you to call a mobile phone number.
- They don't tell you to keep your winnings secret.
- They will never ask a winner to pay any fees to receive a prize!
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. William Robert" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2019 11:15:38 -0700
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)
Contact Office Email(firstname.lastname@example.org)
International Monetary Fund,
Committee on policy harmonization west Africa.
Your Urgent Attention Is Highly Needed!!
We are pleased to inform you that we are the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) set up by the United Nations in conjunction with the World
Bank .Based on series of petitions we received from International
Bodies such as Cooperate Bodies and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO
on the Inability of some Government of different countries in the
World,Mostly Africa bank & their Commercial banks and World Lottery Organization.
After the meeting held on yesterday,your name was listed for
compensation payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid $4.2million USD as compensations.
On this faithful recommendations,I want you to know that during the last meetings held at united state,
it was alarmed so much by the world in the meetings on
the loose of funds by various individuals to the scams artists
operating in-syndicates all over the world today.
In other to compensate victims, the U.N Body is now paying 10 victims
of this operators $4.2million USD each in accordance with the
U.N.recommendations. Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking
Systems,the payments are to be paid by bank of America
According to the number of applicants at hand, 14 Beneficiaries has
been paid, half of the victims are from the United States,
we are still have more 36 left to be paid the compensations of
$4.2million USD each, you are hereby warned not to communicate or
duplicate this message to any body for any reason what so ever as the
U.S. secret service is already on trace of the other criminals. So
keep it secret till they are all apprehended. Other victims who have
not been contacted can submit their application as well for security
and possible consideration.
Listen to me now, you have nothing to pay for the transfer of this
your funds into your account, if you will not be able to come down
here by yourself to sign the certificate of fund release order of the
funds, you will contact the bank of America of America attorney in
order to sign the papers on your behalf and submit to bank of west
America for transferring of the funds into your account .Bear it in
mind that the attorney may demand a consultation fees of $150 usd only from you,
These are the information we needed to be reconfirmed by you.
1.Your Full Bank Account Details
2.Your Direct Cell or office phone to reach you
3.Your address of locations
5.Your full name
7.Your Driving License Or Your ID CARD
Mr. William Robert IMF DIRECTOR