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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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Gonzalo Ayala" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2019 11:23:24 -0700
Subject: PENDING FUNDS
In regards to the recent meeting between World Bank, UN and the United States Government to restore the dignity and economy of all nations based on the agreement with Assistance Project to help and make the world a better place. We have being meeting for the past 1 month with the New UN Secretary General, US President and other world leaders.
Also based on series of petitions we received from various organizations such as Cooperate Bodies and Non Governmental Organization (NGO) on the inability of some Government of different countries, Commercial banks and World Lottery Organization to settle their clients Contract debt, Inheritance Fund and Winning prizes.
This email come to those who are yet to receive their compensation/inheritance/winnings and who have been scammed in any part of the world. This includes all foreign contractors/beneficiaries that may have not received their payment, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or Compensation payments that failed due to Government problems etc.
The World Bank Group through Assistance Project have agreed to compensate you with the sum of 7,500,000.00 USD (Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).
You are to fill out the below requested information to enable us complete the verification process and release your fund to you.
Your Full Name:
Direct Telephone/Cellphone number:
This message is as a result of the approval in your favor. You are advised to comply promptly to expedite the verification and release. .
Have a blessed day. I await for your reply soon.
Making the world a better place!
Chief Financial Officer
Savoy Bank New York