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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:
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "MR. Jerome Powell" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 17:57:28 +0630
Subject: federal reserve Bank
No tengo idea de quien es ese SeÃ±or yo vivo aquÃ en Venezuela,y me
entero de que tengo esa cantidad de dinero allÃ en los estados unidos
por favor informarme detalladamente de esto.
Enviado desde Correo para Windows 10
De: MR. Jerome Powell
Enviado: martes, 3 de agosto de 2021 1:53 p. m.
Asunto: federal reserve Bank
From the Desk Of Mr.Jerome Powell. federal reserve Bank
Headquarter: New York, NY, United States of America
Founded : 1914, New York City, New York, United States
ADDRESS : 33 Liberty St New York , NY 10045-0001
Did you authorize Mr. Michael Harrell of 8205 NW61 Street,
Apt B 315
Tamarac, FL 33321 to pay the pending wire transfer charges and claim
your WORLD BANK/IMF assisted scam victim compensation funds of $5.5 million
he is here with us now,with the sum of $200 USD for the pending wire
transfer charges, you are alerted to reply urgent so that if he is not
form you we
will have him by FBI but do reconfirm to this bank as a matter of
urgency if this man is from you or not so that the federal government will
not beheld responsible for paying into wrong account thank you..
You are to come back too us with your.
YOU ARE ALERTED TO REPLY SO URGENT NOW ! NOW !