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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million 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)
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "affidavit " (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Charles Griffin" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2021 01:30:46 +0100
Subject: Attention; Fund Beneficiary
Note: if you found this email in your junk/spam, its because of your
internet ISP server. I am Ms.Gertie Jenkins, I am a US citizen,58
years Old. My residential address is 708 Queen Street Wilmington,
North Carolina 28401 United States,I am thinking of moving since I am
now wealthy.I am one of those people that took part in receiving
Inheritance funds in East & West Asians many years ago and they
refused to pay me,I had paid different fees while in the United States
trying to get my funds from those banks and lottery organizers but all
to no avail.So I decided to travel to Wright City, Oklahoma with all
my compensation documents, And I was directed by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation Director to contact Mr. Charles Griffin, who is a
representative of the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF),a Human Rights
Activist and a member of the Compensation Award Committee,And a
Diplomatic Agent, currently in Wright City, Oklahoma and I contacted
him and he explained everything tome. He said whoever is contacting us
through emails are fake, Mr. Charles Griffin personally directed me on
how to claim my Inheritance fund.He directed me to the paying bank for
the claim of my Compensation payment.Right now I am the happiest woman
on earth because I have received my compensation funds amounting to
US$59.5 Million Dollars. Moreover, Mr. Charles Griffin showed me the
full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and
those whose inheritance had not been paid and the list of all
outstanding contractor that were owed that are yet to receive their
payments and I saw your email as one of the beneficiaries on the list
he showed me, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with
those people, they are not with your funds, they are only making money
out of you. I will advise you to contact Mr. Charles Griffin. Kindly
send your personal details to him to prove your identification such
Current home address.......................................
Current Phone No.............................................................................
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
Compensation Award Office.Contact Tel: +1(202) 858-7717
Name : Mr. Charles Griffin
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting
you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway
with them,they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you
up until you have nothing left.The only money I paid after I met Mr.
Charles Griffin was for full legal affidavit to support my claim and
approval of my compensation funds release which will enable the
transfer of the funds immediately to your bank account or whichever
way you desire to receive your payment.Take note of that and i will
advise you to contact him Asap if you wish to receive your fund
without any further wasting of time.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
of 708 Queen Street Wilmington,
North Carolina 28401 USA.