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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.
- 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 Stephen Benedicto <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 16:34:36 -0700
Subject: Payment Notification
Good day, this is to inform you of your long overdue Compensation
Payment In this office Files records over here.This department founds
your email address in the Central Computer of INTERNATIONAL MONETORY
FUND (IMF), Among list of Scam Victim unpaid Funds and have to update
your information by contacting you Through this email for your
immediate confirmation response back to my Office without delay. The
value capital fund amount of $1,800, 000.00 ( USD One Million Eight
Hundred Thousand dollars only ) is to your favor listed name for
However we received an email from one Mr.George M. Muthara, who told
us that he is your NEXT OF KIN and that you died following the on
going Pandemic Covid 19 last Few months ago. He has also submitted his
account informationâs to the office Department for transfer of the
fund payment credit to him as your Inheritor of the fund stated
Below are the Account Details:
Bank Name: M&T Bank
Address: 12041 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902
Account Name: George M. Muthara
Swift Code: MANTUS33
We are now verifying by contacting you through your email address as
we have in our records before we can make the transfer into his
account and for us to conclude confirmation if you are still alive.
Please, if you are still alive, do urgently send email confirmation by
Filling the form details below as signification you are alive and
willingly to receive your funds payment.
FORM FILLING SIGNIFICATION CONFIRMING YOU ARE ALIVE.
PERSONAL DETAILS BELOW
Your Full Name .......
Full Residential Address ...................
Direct and Current .......................
Present Country .................................
passport or Driver License identification.............................
Do contact me with the details above if you are still alive for onward
processing of your fund release to you by the paying bank.
You can send your reply to my private email ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Your response is needed.