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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:
- "million 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Mr.Rike Dave
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2021 15:24:49 -0700
Subject: SEND YOUR BANK ACCOUNT IMMEDIATELY 3
American Savings Bank
7033-South West Fwy #1100
Tell: 405 367 8296
Our Rrf: Rfs/Rf D/xxx2020
ATTN:BENEFICIARY;FUND REMITTANCE DEPT SEND YOUR BANK ACCOUNT IMMEDIATELY,
The office of AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK writes to inform you that we received
information from INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND to release your approved fund
US$5,000,000.00 to your designated bank
account. We have verified the Fund
Authenticity, and we have been able to confirm that the FUND is 100%
Now you are legally entitled to receive a sum of US$5,000,000.00 (FIVE
MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS). We also authenticate the fact that your
entitled amount of US$5,000,000.00 is safe for immediately remittance to
your own designated Bank Account, All necessary official modalities is
being finalized in your favour and the AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK, shall
communicate with you with the approval of your fund and with great success
within the next few hours you comply with this instruction given in this
The information has been programmed in our wire system for final
remittance of your fund. To
notarize your file and certify your fund for
remittance, you are required to send your Bank Account details,your full
Name and your address and your mobile telephone numbers to this office of
AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK immediately.
At the receipt of your Bank Account details, we will notarize your file,
certify your fund for immediate remittance and credit your nominated Bank
Account within 24hours.
Send your reply to this firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr.Rike Dave Jackson
Head of Banking Operations
American Savings Bank