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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "FBI WASHINGTON DC" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 01:35:39 -0800
Subject: READ CAREFULLY AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTION.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI.WASHINGTON DC.
WASHINGTON D.C ROOM, 7367
J. EDGAR HOOVER FBI BUILDING
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE,
NW WASHINGTON, DC 20535, 0001.
Attn: Mr/ Mrs
We sincerely apologize for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of a certified mail, phone call or a face-to-face conversation, it is due to the urgency and importance of the security information involved. In the quest to cushion the effect of the global financial crisis, American government through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Washington, DC and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (ic3) has signed an agreement with African government, European Government and Asia Government for an immediate release of all overdue funds presently logged in their treasury and ensure it is disbursed to the rightful beneficiaries in any part of the world. If you the beneficiary would adhere to this notification it will help stabilize the various economies of the world and reduce the effect of this depressing recession.
Prior to this agreement, our team of security experts has swung into action for transparency and accountability of this periodic project. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (Global Intelligence, Cyber Division) saddled with the responsibility of monitoring activities going on over the internet have discovered your name in the list of unpaid Beneficiaries and it might interest you to know that we have conducted a comprehensive investigation on this discovery as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have confirmed that the inheritance fund was endorsed in your favor and it is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facets. You have the lawful right to contact the appropriate authority to claim your payment without further delay and stop communication from any Body or offices that are writing to you on behalf of this Transaction for security Reason.
Further findings revealed that some corrupt ex- government officials are conniving with some officials of African Countries, European Government and Asia Government to change your account and transfer your inheritance funds From BARCLAYS BANK PLC LONDON to a strange account in Canada through a man by the name Mr. Francis Svenkeson who purported to be your cousin, he presented some necessary documentations evidencing your claim purported to have been signed by you for to the release of your contract part fund valued US$3,500,000.00 (Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States dollars).
Mr. Francis Svenkeson bank details:
314 Harwood ave. s unit
Hpo5 Ajax, ont. l1s 2ji, Canada.
Account Number: 321020072923
Account Name: Francis Svenkeson
As a matter of urgency, you are requested to contact the Head Of Telex Dept of BARCLAYS BANK PLC LONDON to confirm that Mr. Francis Svenkeson is your true representative, so that BARCLAYS BANK PLC LONDON will disburse the inheritance fund to the bank account above and update their payment record but if this Mr. Francis Svenkeson is not your cousin/representative ensure you send a disclaimer to the Head Of Telex Dept of BARCLAYS BANK PLC LONDON and instruct him to remit your fund to you without delay through an Online transfer which is the most secure way to receive fund of such magnitude. Below is the email address of the BARCLAYS BANK PLC LONDON officer in charge of the department.
Name: Mark Andrew Sill
Head Of Telex Dept
Barclays Bank Plc London
We advise that you go ahead in dealing with the BARCLAYS BANK PLC LONDON with the address above and be assured that we are monitoring all their activities as well as your correspondence at all levels.
If you are presently dealing with any financial institution(s) or person(s) claiming to have relevance to the payment of your overdue funds out-side the above financial institution you are warned in your own interest to stop further communication.
Be informed that any delay in reaction to this letter will be assumed that Mr. Francis Svenkeson is your true representative and the funds will be remitted into the nominated bank account that he has provided.
The BARCLAYS BANK PLC LONDON will not be held responsible for any wrong transfer made due to your inability to furnish them with proper/correct information. If you need further assistance and direction, contact us via: CELL: +16462573529 OR email@example.com
FBI Agent, Cyber and Information Department.