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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:
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- "federal republic of benin" (Benin, Cameroon, etc. are no Federal Republics, unlike Nigeria where this type of scam was invented)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "MR.ALLEN BELLS" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 01:54:18 +0100
Subject: Contact us on this email address (email@example.com)
Attn; Sir/ Madam;
It is my greatest pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful attempt
to get those fund transferred.Well, I just want to use this medium to
thank you very much for your
earlier concern and assistance to help me in receiving the funds,
without any positive outcome.
I am obliged to inform you that I have
succeeded in receiving the funds under the cooperation of a new partner
from NEPAL, with the help of one of the Lady Accountant who works with
the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF), and she rendered a tremendous
help to us.
In appreciation of your earlier concern to me in
receiving the funds, I have decided to compensate you with the sum of
$10.500.000. ten million five hundred thousand US dollars) in
a Bank Draft. Presently, I am in NEPAL for investment project
with my own share under the advice of my partner.Meanwhile,I will be sending
you e-mail from time to time to know if you have received your payment
In the light of the above, your identification code IS 222F.
You are to contact our coordinator MR.IBRAHIM BELLO, Access management and
support initiatives, a consultant firm in Federal Republic of Benin His
e-mail address:(firstname.lastname@example.org) Please do let me know
immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy together after
all the suffering at that time. In the moment, I will be on business
Mr Fuungi to NEPAL because of the investment projects we
have at hand. I am a happy man for life, So feel free to get in touch
with him without any delay. Here is the Verification Form
VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM
FILL IT PROPERLY:
5. MARITAL STATUS:_______________
7. E-MAIL ADDRESS:
8. TELEPHONE NUMBER:
10. BREIF DESCRIPTION OF
MR. ALLEN BELLS
Cell Phone,+23481 3738 7178