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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:
- "we advice you" (this email uses bad English)
- 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: MRS JOY TUTU <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 12:34:56 +0100
Subject: YOUR ATM CARD PACKAGE IS AVAILABLE NOW
This is to inform you that we have been working towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of
the Organization of African Unity ( OAU ) United Nations (UN),
European Union (EU) and FBI compensatiing $3.500,000 milllion
We have been able to track down some scam artist in various parts of
African countries which includes (Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Ghana
and Senegal with cote reservoir ) and they are all in Government
custody now, they will appear at International Criminal Court (ICC)
soon for Justice.
During the course of investigation, they were able to recovered some
funds from these scam artists and IMF organization have ordered the
funds recovered to be shared among the 3 Lucky people listed around
the World as a compensation. This notice is been directed to you
because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file
and computer hard-disk while the investigation, maybe you have been
scammed. You are therefore being compensated with sum of $3.5 milllion
USD please reply to this email ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
MR DAVID MORRIS.
Calling Number Tel.+229-68542895
Email Address ( email@example.com )
Since your email address is among the lucky beneficiaries who will
receive a compensation funds, we have arranged your payment to be paid
to you through ATM VISA CARD and deliver to your postal address with
the Pin Numbers as to enable you withdrawal maximum of $10,000 usd on
each withdrawal from any Bank ATM Machine of your choice, until all
the funds are exhausted.
The ATM Card with Security Pin Numbers shall be delivered to you using
Express Mail Service (courier) .Note: that you will pay for the
Delivery fee, I donât know the courier cost of shipping the card to
you but if you permit me and accept the terms, then I can make an
inquiry from the courier shipping company to find out the cost
immediate Delivery of your ATM VISA Card. you should provide us with
the following details to forestall any mistake of issuing the ATM
1. Full name for confirmation.....
2. Cell Phone......
4. Address were you want us to send the ATM card to (p.o box not
May God Be With you
We advice you to stop all the communications with everyone regarding
your payment as we have short listed to deliver to you and now urge
you to comply and receive your ATM Card funds. Thanks for your
understanding as you follow instructions while I wait
to hear from you today.
Yours in Services
Mrs Joy Tutu