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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 fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "international court of justice" (not involved with lotteries)
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "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)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "courier company" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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: "Nuee Thaiwe" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 00:50:12 -0700
Subject: COMPENSATION FOR SCAMMED VICTIMS gm
COMPENSATION FOR SCAMMED VICTIMS
Victim! Victim!! Victim!!!
It's our pleasure to inform you that United Nations had a meeting with the Authority of International Court of Justice concerning scam activate in all countries.
We have decided to compensate you due to meeting held with some countries Government and the world high commissions against fraud activities by the Country above.
Your name was among those that scammed as listed by the World Financial Intelligent Unit. Compensation has been issued out in Certified ATM Visa card value of $1,200,000.00 THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS to each and every one affected victims and has been already in distribution to all the bearers.
Your name was among those that were reported undelivered as of this moment and we wish to advise you to comply with the instructions of the Committee Chamber to make sure you receive your fund without any further delay.
We advise you to do the needful thing to make sure we transfer your fund via our reliable Courier Company appointed. You are assured of the safety of this transaction and availability and be advised that you should stop further contacts with any order office contacting you.
Therefore you are advice to contact the Scammed Victims Director in-charge immediately with your complete information needed for delivery.
Name: MRS. LINDA WECHAI
SCAMMED VICTIMS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
Contact her with your full delivery information regarding the delivery of your fund such as:
Your phone number
We expect your urgent cooperation regards this matter.
Yours in Service,