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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:
- "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)
- "we advice you" (this email uses bad English)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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. BANNS OWRIGHT" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2021 12:04:47 -0600
Subject: Your ATM MasterCard of $9.500,000.00 US Dollars Delivery (ATM Card
Your ATM MasterCard of $9.500,000.00 US Dollars Delivery (ATM Card
This is to inform you that we have been working towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of
the Organization of African Unity (OAU) United Nations (UN), European
Union (EU) and FBI.
We have been able to track down some scam artist in various parts of
African countries which includes (Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Ghana
and Senegal with cote d'ivoire and they are all in Government custody
now, they will appear at International Criminal Court (ICC) soon for
During the course of investigation, they were able to recovered some
funds from these scam artists and IMF organization have ordered the
funds recovered to be shared among the 10 Lucky people listed around
the World as a compensation. This notice is been directed to you
because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file
and computer hard-disk while the investigation, maybe you have been
scammed. You are therefore being compensated with sum of $9.500,000.00
US Dollars valid into an (ATM Card Number 506119102227445160).
Since your email address is among the lucky beneficiaries who will
receive a compensation funds, we have arranged your payment to be paid
to you through ATM VISA CARD and deliver to your postal address with
the Pin Numbers as to enable you withdrawal maximum of $5,000 on each
withdrawal from any Bank ATM Machine of your choice, until all the
funds are exhausted.
The ATM Card with Security Pin Numbers shall be delivered to you via
courier Service, depending your choice.
In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to
contact the agent in-charge ( SOFIA HASSAN ) Kindly look below to find
appropriate contact information:
CONTACT AGENT NAME: MR. BANNS OWRIGHT
CONTACT PHONE: +1 (785)251-9107
You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:
DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER:
We advice you to stop all the communications with everyone regarding
your payment as we have short listed to deliver to you and now urge
you to comply and receive your ATM Card funds.
Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions while I wait
to hear from you today.
Yours in Services
MR. BANNS OWRIGHT
CONTACT THIS OFFICE FOR URGENT DELIVERY :firstname.lastname@example.org