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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "WorldRemit" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 23 May 2021 01:19:34 -0700
Subject: Attention: E-mail Owner
WorldRemit Money Transfer
Send Money Worldwide
Attention: E-mail Address Owner
RE: RECENT SCAM VICTIM'S COMPENSATION FROM THE I.M.F BENIN
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is compensating all the recent scam victims and your email address was found in the scam victim's list. This WorldRemit office has been mandated by the IMF to transfer your compensation to you via WorldRemit® Money Transfer.
However, we have successfully concluded all the arrangements to effect your payment through WorldRemit® Money Transfer. We have scheduled your payment to be completed by sending you $2,500, 5 times ($12,500)daily until the total sum of $200,000 is completely transferred to you.
Notwithstanding, we can not be able to send the payment to your email address alone, thereby we need your information as to where we will be sending the funds, such as;
Receiver's name:................(Full Name)
Phone number & WhatsApp number:......................
Contact the director via email at (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your full information. Note that your payment files will be returned to the IMF if we did not hear from you, this was the instruction given to us by the IMF. We will start the transfer as soon as we received your information. For urgent inquiry about your daily payment, call/Whatsapp +229-9047-8514 anytime.
Mr. Ismail Ahmed
Director WorldRemit Money Transfer,
Head Office Benin Republic.
ABOUT WORLD REMIT
WorldRemit is a cross-border digital payments service that provides international money transfer and remittance services in more than 130 countries and over 70 currencies.
This email is intended for the owner of this E-mail Address only and contains privileged and confidential information. If you received this email by error, please delete it from your mail box and notify us immediately for correction. The disclosure of this email to a third party is highly prohibited. Thanks for your understanding.