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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "we advice you" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: From Federal Bureau Of Investigation Cyber Division <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2020 19:52:32 -0700
Subject: ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY / PLEASE CLARIFY THIS MESSAGE QUICKLY
ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (OAU)
OFFICE OF UNITED NATION AND FEDERAL
BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)
This is to inform you that we have been working towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of
the Organization of African Unity (OAU) United Nations (UN), European
Union (EU) and FBI.
We have been able to track down some scam artist in various parts of
African countries which includes (Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Ghana
and Senegal with cote d'ivoire ) and they are all in Government
custody now,they will appear at International Criminal Court (ICC)soon
During the course of investigation, We are able to recovered some
funds from these scam artists and IMF organization have ordered the
funds recovered to be shared among the 10 Lucky people listed around
the World as a compensation.
This notice is been directed to you because your email address was
found in one of the scam Artists file and computer hard-disk,However,
be inform that special arrangement has been made to enable you receive
your Funds through a Electronic Online Transfer system or By ATM VISA
So by this letter, you are advised to re-confirm to us the below followings:
1) Your full names:
2) Your House Address
3) Your working Telephone for easy communication.
4) Your age and sex:
5) Your Occupation:
We advice you to stop all the communications with everyone regarding
your payment,while I have dedicated my Service to the actualization of
your long awaiting dream
Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions while I wait
to hear from you today through this emailing
THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR
OF FROM THE FEDERAL BUREAU
OF INVESTIGATION CYBER DIVISION