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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:
- "hundred thousand american 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)
- ",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: MRS JANET YELLEN <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 08:49:33 -0700
Subject: Greeting From the United States Secretary Of The Treasury.
Greeting From the United States Secretary Of The Treasury.
THIS MAIL IS ONLY FOR THE OWNER OF THIS E-MAIL ADDRESS.
>From the Board of Treasury, United States of America.
Treasury Building, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20220, USA
I AM MRS JANET YELLEN, THE NEW APPOINTED UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF THE
TREASURY, JUST IN CASE YOU DON'T KNOW ME, I WANT YOU TO CLICK THIS WEBSITE
FOR MORE INFORMATION
ABOUT ME: https://www.treasury.gov
THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY RESOLVED ON-BEHALF OF THE
SCAM VICTIMS TO BE COMPENSATED AFTER
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (F.B.I) ARRESTED SOME FRAUDSTERS WHO
MENTIONED YOUR PARTICULARS AS ONE OF THE VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCES.
NOTE: THAT AFTER MY MEETING WITH JOE BIDEN THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
STATES WITH SENATE ADVICE AND CONSENT,
WORLD BANK, UNITED NATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF), THEY
AGREED TO PAY YOU $5,500,000.00.(FIVE MILLION AND FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND
AMERICAN DOLLARS ONLY)
AS YOUR COMPENSATION.
CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR NAME WERE AMONG THE LIST TO BE PAID $5.5M US
DOLLARS COMPENSATION PAYMENT.
SO RE-CONFIRM BELOW YOUR INFORMATION SO THAT THERE WILL BE NO MISTAKE:
1) YOUR FULL NAME:
2) YOUR CURRENT HOUSE ADDRESS:
3) WHATS-APP DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER:
4) OCCUPATION :
6) Your Identification (ID):
AS SOON AS I RECEIVE THE INFORMATION, I WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO DO TO RECEIVE
YOUR PAYMENT WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DELAY.
GET BACK TO ME IMMEDIATELY CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN
MY BEST REGARDS.
MRS JANET YELLEN,
UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY