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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:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "anna Thomas" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 08:31:14 +0200
Subject: Re: outstanding payment ==
United States Department of the Treasury
AUTHORIZED BY UNITED NATION
NEW YORK CITY.
Telephone +1 606 618 9055
I am writing to inform you that your file appeared on my desk two days ago. Through the United Nations Treasury Debt Management office, that are among the 5 people approved to receive half of their partial payment of 600,000.00 euros only.
Been Unfinished transactions remaining from Africa / Europe / Asia / America. It has finally been approved for immediate release through our authorized financial institution bank in the United States, into your local bank account, as ordered by the Central Bank of the European Union and signed by the United States Treasury Department .
This arrangement was made after our last board meeting 3 days ago, signed by the vice president of the European Union Central Bank, through designated paying bank in the United States.
I need your information below to find out if you are the rightful owner to receive payment as order by the Department of the Treasury.
Speak to: .............................
Telephone fax .................................
Name of the bank.......................................
Thank you and God bless you.
Mrs. Anna Thomas
PLEASE GIVE US A CALL AT Telephone +1 606 618 9055