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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:
- "million united states 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)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "courier company" (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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Wells fargo Bank <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2021 13:54:14 -0700
Subject: ATTENTION BENEFICIARY
Wells fargo Bank Of Clevel and
1455 E Harrisburg Pennsylvania
We hereby officially notifying you about the present arrangement to
pay you, your over due Winning Prize/inheritance fund which you could
not complete the process of the released of your transfer pin code
through the Digitized Payment System. and you have
spend a lot of money and a lot time sending money to different people
just to make sure you receive your fund and after set and done your
We have decided to pay your funds through (ATM VISA Card) This
arrangement was initiated/constituted by the World Bank, United Nation
and Paris Club, due to fraudulent activities going on within the
The World Bank, United Nations and Paris Club introduced this payment
arrangement as to enable our Contract ,Winning Prize,inheritance
beneficiary to receive their fund without any interference.the ATM
VISA Card was contracted and powered by GOLD CARD WORLD WIDE.The ATM
VISA CARD is credited with the sum of 20.5 Million united states
dollars , it is already loaded in the Master Card which you can use to
access your fund in any ATM Stand/location worldwide and remember that
the maximum withdrawal daily limit is Ten Thousand United States
Dollars(US $10,000.00)we have concluded delivery arrangement with the
below courier services companies and their delivery time is stated
DHLrs/$175.00 ..... itunes card
FedEx Expressrs/$150.00... itunes card
UPS rs/$125.00 ....itunes card
Once it gets to us the package will be delivered to your destination.
Kindly state in your response to this text and let me know which
courier company you would want us to use for the
shipment of your ATM VISA Card to you.
Mr Jefferey Chang contact me on whatsapp +1(724 397 0118)
Tel: +1(724) 397 0118
Chair Of the Wells fargo Bank