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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)
- "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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "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.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: IMF/World Bank Compensation <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 08:25:00 -0400
Subject: Your IMF/World Bank Compensation Fund
Attn: E-mail Owner / Beneficiary,
OFFICIAL NOTICE: This is to inform you that you've been selected by the IMF / World Bank
member of board directors to receive a compensation funds valued US $ 10,200,000.00 (Ten
Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) Only, you are among the five lucky e-
mail owner that was selected for this year World Bank Compensation Fund, this selection
usually come up every 10th of March, and luckily for you, your e-mail address is among
the five e-mail addresses that was selected this year 2021
Your compensation funds valued US $ 10,200,000.00 (Ten Million Two Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars) Only from the IMF / WORLD BANK has been signed for immediate pay out to
you, but you need to contact our lawyer for further information on how to claim your World
Bank Compensation Fund.
Contact details below ..............
Name: Barrister. Alfred Morris
Our mission is to sustain economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.
Ms. Diane Lawrence
World Bank Compensation Committee Representative.