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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:
- ",500,000" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Janet Louise Yellen" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2021 08:32:19 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary
My name is Janet Louise Yellen an American economist who is serving as the 78th and current United States Secretary of the Treasury as part of the Cabinet of Joe Biden. Previously, I was the 15th chair of the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018. I was the first woman to hold either role.
Previously on my twitter account where I gave a hint of this program on Jan 29. I Tweeted "We need to act big & act now to help people make it to the other side of the pandemic. The American Rescue Plan has small business in mind I enjoyed discussing it with a panel of small business owners from across the country yesterday"
This is what we are talking about even though this transactions are meant to be confidential.
However, at the international Financial organization Annual Meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Which convened world leaders to discuss the global, regional, and industry agendas in the middle of each year.
It was agreed among other things and with the Global Financial Integrity (GFI) that making growth sustainable, making growth inclusive, and harnessing technology for good is a priority and must be tackled without delay. The amount which was awarded to you is US$2,500,000.00
Speaking with The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA and with the Council of Europe adding the Asian Parliamentary Assembly are all in support of the pay off of beneficiaries from countries in Europe who are guided by the European Union (EU) organization, also USA, South America, Middle East, Africa, and ASIA through online banking system in order to avoid the huge payment of tax in your country.
Therefore the EU Parliament which is headquartered in Strasbourg, France, and has its administrative offices in Luxembourg City initiated an electronic Random pick and through this electronic Random pick, your email was chosen for the implementation of making sustainable growth and harnessing technology for good. Funds have been mapped out for those picked in this process.
This disbursement will be monitored by the Global Financial Integrity the representative you are therefore advised to contact Mrs. Jan Schakowsky who will monitor the release of your funds
Name: Mrs. Jan Schakowsky
E-mail contact is: jan.schakowsky(AT)tutanota.com (Replace AT with @ when contacting Mrs. Jan Schakowsky)
Janet Louise Yellen