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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:
- "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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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: Martina Polasek <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 05:20:22 -0700
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF YOUR FUND RELEASE
Dear esteemed Beneficiary!
We contacted you in claim of your outstanding fund worth
$8,500,000,00,USD (Eight Millions Five Hundred thousand United State
dollars),There was a fund approved in your name by the Financial
Council on Foreign Payment Resolution through this office years back,
After the investigation conducted by the current administration, They
were able to find out that the fund was not released to you; After our
official investigation conducted, We discovered that you could not
complete the process of receiving your fund in the past series because
you are dealing with wrong and false agencies claiming to be in charge
of your fund which they are not.
We have decided to release your funds to you through ATM CARD or
Transfer without any further delay; this arrangement was initiated and
constituted by the financial payment Resolution, due to prolonged
delay in releasing your assigned fund and also to avoid any further
hitches/interference in receiving your payment. We must give you
absolute 100% guarantee that this transaction would be executed under
a legitimate arrangement and we must also assure you that all
modalities for a successful transaction have been put in place; all we
required from you is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this
fund transaction through because am officially assigned to deliver
this assignment to you.
To make sure that this aforementioned fund gets to you successful,
secured and as quick as possible, do not hesitate to re-confirm the
following information as listed below:
I.D Card copy....................................
You have received this email from us because your assigned fund has
not been delivered to you!
We wait to hear from you as soon as possible
Martina Polasek, Board of Trustees/Group Head,