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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.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Christine Lagarde" <Info@lee.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2019 17:06:22 +0100
Subject: International Monetary Fund (IMF).
I, am Mrs.Christine Lagarde by name, lives here in the united stated,managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
We would like to bring to the notice of the general public that several variants of financial scam letters purporting to be sanctioned by the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) or authored by high ranking IMF officials are currently in circulation, and may appear on official letterhead containing the IMF logo.
The scam letters instruct potential victims to contact the IMF for issuance of a Certificate of International Capital Transfer or other forms of approval,
to enable them receives large sums of monies as beneficiaries. The contact e-mail information is always BOGUS and unsuspecting individuals are then requested
to send their personal banking details which the scammers utilize for their fraudulent activities.
Contrary to what is stated in these scam e-mails, letters, or phone conversations, the IMF only authorize, verify, monitor, and assist in contract
of inheritance payments between third parties /or Governments, nor does it endorse the activities of any bank, financial institution, or other public or
private agency. For purposes of clarification, the IMF is an inter-governmental organization whose transactions and operations are carried out directly,
Warning! If you have already received such e-mails, you are advised to terminate all further contacts with the scammers, and, in the event that you have sent
them Funds,And If you are resident in the United States,kindly contact the law enforcement agency immediately via
Kindly report any issue of Transaction to the law enforcement agency officer with your full details below,
1. Legal Full names
2. Telephone number
3. Delivery address
5. Nearest Airport
6. Country of Residence
Awaits your swift response to this mail, if really you are in to one Transaction, or the other so give us feedback lets help you out to find if truly you
have any package with them so you don,t keep on paying more and more money.