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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:
- "western union" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "moneygram" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- ",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)
- "deadline" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "fbi washington" (This name is often mentioned in money recovery scams (re-scam): the real FBI will not tell you to contact some email address. If you are in any doubt, contact an FBI field office via www.fbi.gov. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Western Union money transfer is completely untraceable and therefore is *not* safe to use with anyone you do not know personally. It is the preferred method of online criminals to collect money from their victims.
- MoneyGram money transfer is completely untraceable and therefore is *not* safe to use with anyone you do not know personally. Along with Western Union it is a preferred method of online criminals to collect money from their victims.
- 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: =?UTF-8?Q?Steven_M=2E_D=E2=80=99Antuono?= <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 17:28:41 +0200
Subject: Re: Scam Victims Settlement Compensation.
FBI Washington Field Office
Federal Government Office
Washington, D.C., United States
Address: 601 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20535, United States
Re: Scam Victims Settlement Compensation.
Hello dear, good afternoon to you. I hope you receive this email in a
good state of mind and health. Iâm Steven DâAntuono, assistant director
in charge of the FBIâs Washington, D.C. Field Office. This message is to
inform you that the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank
Groups (WBG), the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) Office are
compensating all the recent scams victims and your email address was
found in the scam victims list as one of their victims . Following a
meeting held by the United Nations (UN), the World Bank President in
calibration with the Executive Board of the IMF together with the United
States Department of the Treasury, as a result of our investigations it
was agreed that the sum of (USD $ 2,500,000.00) will be paid to you from
the funds set aside by the World Bank Groups (WBG) and the US Department
of the Treasury to compensate all the scam victims.
The compensation scheme is open to people who wired money to scammers
via Worldwide through Western Union and MoneyGram, Bank Wire Transfer,
RIA Money Transfer ETC. between January 1, 2004 to December 19, 2020,
The deadline for lodging these claims is November 12, 2021.
This transaction is being supervised by the United State FBI. Your
USD$2,500,000.00 scam victims compensation payment file has been
processed as instructed by the World Bank President in calibration with
the Executive Board of Directors IMF together with the United Nation
Office (UN) and forwarded directly to the chairman, chief executive
officer (CEO) of JPMorgan Chase Bank, for its immediate payment to you
directly to any provided recipient bank account of your choice.
Kindly contact the JPMorgan Chase Bank/CEO Mr. Jamie Dimon, using below
information to claim your scam victim award settlement inheritance fund
$2.5 Million USD.
Contact Person: Jamie Dimon
Chief Executive Officer of JPMorgan Chase
Direct Tel: +1917)563-0034
NB: This transaction is being monitored by the US Federal Bureau of
Investigation law enforcement agency.
Feel free to write to me if you have any questions or need any further
Steven M. DâAntuono
FBI Assistant Director
FBI Washington Field Office