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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:
- "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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- 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.Jerome H Powell" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 01:38:24 -0700
Subject: FEDERAL RESERVE BANK SYSTEM
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK SYSTEM
20TH ST. AND CONSTITUTION AVE.,
NW WASTINGON, DC 20551 USA.
NOTIFICATION OF CREDIT FROM BANK FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD WASHINGTON USA.
OFFICIAL NOTICE: This is to Notify you that Series of Meetings have
been held by the Federal Reserve Board Washington USA and the
Secretary-General of the United Nations in the person of Mr.AntÃ³nio
Guterres which ended today 15th October 2021, It is Obvious that you
have not received your funds which is now amounted of $11,000,000.00
USD (Eleven Million United States Dollars) as a compensation award to
you, due to past corrupt Government Officials who almost held your
fund to themselves for their selfish reasons and some individuals who
have taken advantage of your fund all in an Attempt to swindle your
fund which has led to unnecessary delay in the receipt and so many
losses from your end.The International Criminal Police Organization
(INTERPOL) enhanced by the United Nations, Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) and International Monetary Fund (IMF), have
successfully finalize to Boost the Exercise of Clearing all Foreign
Debts Owed to you who have been found not to have received their
Now, how would you like to receive your payment? Because we have two
Methods of payment which is by Check or by ATM Card? ATM Card: We will
be issuing you a Custom pin Based ATM MASTER CARD which you will use
to Withdraw up to $8,000.00 USD (Nine Thousand United States Dollars)
per day from any ATM Machine and the Card have to be Renewed in 3
years time which is 2023. Also with the ATM MASTER CARD you will be
able to Transfer your Funds to your Local Bank Account. Even if you do
not have a Bank Account, the ATM card comes with a Handbook or Manual
to enlighten you about how to use it.
Check: A Cashier Check will be issued in your Name and you will
deposit it in your Bank for it to be cleared within three Working
Days. Your payment would be sent to you Via any of your preferred
options above and would be mailed to you Via UPS, because we have
Signed a contract with the General Director Mrs. Jasmine Pierre,You
will only need to pay $50.Take note that you will have to Stop
communication with every Other person if you have been in contact with
any. Also remember that all you will ever have to spend is $50 only
Nothing More! Nothing less!
And we guarantee the receipt of your fund will be successfully
delivered to you within the next 48hrs after confirmation receipt of
UPS fee of $50 Dollars). Secondly, you should know that Argument or
delay can not do any thing or solve this problem if you can not find
solution to solve this matter by trying your possible best for the
final conclusion of this Transaction and send only $50 APPLE iTUNES
GIFT CARD OR STEAM WALLET GIFT CARD OR NORDSTROM GIFT CARD OR EBAY
GIFT CARD. You can send any of the written Gift Cards for the fee
Honestly, I have confirmed that this is the Devil Work after all the
Effort you made and thing are becoming so more Difficult well, I must
confess that you have tried so much because, it is not easy I know how
much you have send in other to get this done please, do something over
this to avoid Had I know because, the United State Government will
look into this Matter very soon and your Compensation Funds will be
Transfer into the Government Account.
Note: Everything has been taken care of, including Tax, Custom Paper
and Clearance Duty. So, all you will ever need to pay is a $50 APPLE
iTUNES GIFT CARD OR STEAM WALLET GIFT CARD OR NORDSTROM GIFT CARD OR
EBAY GIFT CARD. Bear in mind that your Long Approved Package ATM
MASTER CARD or Cashier Check, will Arrive to your Home Address soonest
we hear from you with the $50 Gift cards above.
Kindly get back to us as well with the required Gift cards above and
also be advice to reconfirm your full Delivery Address to avoid any
Wrong Delivery of package Apply Your Claims Promptly: For immediate
release of your Fund valued at $11,000,000.00 USD (Eleven Million
United States Dollars) to you,you should contact our correspondent.
Your Full Name:_ _ _ _ _
Your Current Delivery Address:_ _ _
Home/Cell/Phone Number:_ _ _ _ _ _
Your id card:_ _ _ _ _ _
Your Country:_ _ _ _ _ _
Choose ONE Preferable Payment Method (Visa ATM Card OR Cashier Check):__ __ _ _
Your package will be sent to you within 2 working Days upon
Confirmation receipt of UPS fee of $50 .00 Gift Card above . We are so
sure of everything and we are giving you a 100% Money back Guarantee
if you do not receive payment / package within the next 48hrs after
you have made the payment for Shipping.
Note: Because Of Impostors, We Hereby Issued You Our Code Of Conduct,
Which Is (RTN 0110-0001-5) So You Have To Indicate This Code When
replying back to us By Using It As Your Subject.
Mr.Jerome Hayden Powell
Director, Federal Reserve Bank