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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",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)
- "barrister" (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.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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: Mr Joe Kody <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2021 16:49:49 +0100
Subject: I Have Good News About Your Funds In Benin
From Mr John Cole.
Address. #191 Collenswood Road, Stevenage,SG2 9HE,England U.K.
I am Mr John Cole, a British national, 65 years Old. I reside here in
Stevenage,England.My residential address is as follows.#191 Collenswood
Road, Stevenage,SG2 9HE,England, am thinking of relocating since I am now
comfortable with my family.I am one of those that took part in the United
Nations Compensation program in Benin Republic many years ago and they
refused to pay me.
I had paid over $50,000 while in the United Kingdom, I have tried a lot to
get my funds but to no avail. So I decided to travel down to Benin Republic
with all my compensation documents, And I was directed to meet Barrister
Joe Kody, who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD AUTHORITY and a Human
Rights Activist (Lawyer), and I contacted him and he explained everything
to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake.
He said whoever is contacting us through emails is fake. He also took me to
the paying bank (INTER-MERCHANT SECURITY BANK) for the claim of my
Right now, I am the happiest Man on earth because I have received my
compensation funds of $2,500,000.00 Us Dollars moreover, Barrister Joe Kody
showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their
payments and i saw your email as one of the beneficiaries who have not yet
received their payment under CASE FILE 54AC003 and that is why I decided to
email you to stop dealing with those people.
They are not with your fund, they are only making money off you.Therefore,
I would advise you to contact Barrister Joe Kody for assistance and inform
him that your CASE FILE is (54AC003). Contact him directly via the
Name : Barrister Joe Kody
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 any way with
them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry your pockets
up until you have nothing.
The only money I paid after I met Barrister Joe Kody was just ($200usd) for
the paper work,take note that i don't pay more than that.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mr. John Cole.
#191 Collenswood Road, Stevenage,SG2 9HE,England.