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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:
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- "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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. James William" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2021 12:55:44 +0100
COMPENSATION FUNDS PAYMENT ORDER VIA ATM CARD.
This is to inform you that your payment compensation is worth the sum of
$,1.500,000.00USD (One Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars).
As soon as you establish a contact with him, an ATM card will be issued to
you immediately which you can use to withdraw your funds in any Bank ATM
Machine, but the maximum daily limit is $5,000.00 per day because the Card
has been upgraded.
So if you like to receive your funds through DHL courier company Benin
Republic.I advise you to stop all the communications you are having with
any other Agent or bank officials in Benin Republic. To receive the ATM
Visa Card, you are therefore advised to contact here with a full address.
Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions.
YOURS IN SERVICES.
MR. JAMES WILLIAMS.