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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:
- "affidavit of claim" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "million us 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)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "affidavit " (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: John Glover Roberts Jr <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 17:12:55 -0800
Subject: Dear Beneficiary
I am John Glover Roberts Jr, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the
United States. I would like to inform you that your fund issue worth
the total sum of $9.6Million US Dollars was brought to my office this
morning to cancel by Mr. Charles W. Scharf the Chief Executive Officer
WELLS FARGO BANK USA.
Investigation Union head office in Washington DC capital the United
State of America will declare your payment free from any money laundry
and terrorism drug money sponsor activities to enable our service have
the authority of releasing the payment to you and register it with US
MAILING POST for over-night delivery to your address withoutdelay.
But I told him to wait because there is no need to cancel the payment
and that I will do my very best to bring the issue to a conclusion. To
the best of my knowledge and humanitarian ground and sympathy. I
immediately called up the new President Mr. Joe Biden and US Senate
committees and explained your matter to them. We understand that the
imposed fee $350 of Affidavit of claim Ownership might be too much for
you to pay now, So we further make things easier for you by discussing
with new President Mr.Joe Biden and the US Senate committee on your
They have given you the grace of sending only $50 to enable you to
afford this only fee after the Diplomatic Agent delivers your ATM Visa
Card to you, then once you confirm your $9.6Million US Dollars, you
can then pay the remaining balance of $300. All we want you to do
right now is to go ahead buy a $50 Google Play Card or Steam
Wallet for immediately issuing the needed Affidavit of claim Ownership
to enable the Diplomat to make the delivery to your home address
today. I advise you should send the required $50 to secure the
Affidavit of claim Ownership to enable them to ship your ATM Card that
worth $9.6Million US Dollars to regain your financial freedom and have
enough money to live on and establish a good business for yourself and
your family. But if you don't need it then I can change your name to
another person to receive the fund on your behalf so that this
Government will not claim this money but I know that you will love to
have it. The ATM package will be successfully safely delivered within
7-hours/ without any hitches or delays. Therefore. I will advise you
to go ahead and buy a $50 Steam Wallet card or Google Play Card
because it is the only problem we have on finalizing the assignment on
your behalf. Please quickly run now to buy the Google Play Card to
secure the Affidavit of claim Ownership whi
ch will show that the transaction was made through the full capacity
of the Government and will not be queried for certain circumstances.
All necessary official modalities are being finalized in your favor.
Send the $50 Steam Wallet card or Google Play Card so we can direct it
to the right office imposition to release the document. And
immediately you make the payment to them the document will sign and
your ATM parcel will deliver to your address without delay.
Please, I want you to know that you have from now till the end of two
days to send the $50 Google Play Card or Steam Wallet to receive your
ATM package worth $9.6Million US Dollar. Therefore, the days of you
being subjected to paying twice Double Payment is over as that is the
case with some corrupt officials down there in Africa.
This is a lifetime opportunity and we will advise you to take
advantage of it before it will become too late to do so. This could be
the last opportunity you might have in receiving your ATM package so
do not fail to notice this wonderful moment to have your fund that you
have been looking for a way to make it a reality. This is an official
notification and we advise you to treat it with utmost urgency. Reply
this email with the ITUNES CARD or google play card and the below
contact details immediately you receive this email for immediate
shipment of your funds. kindly reconfirm your delivery information to
avoid wrong delivery
1. Your Full Names___
3. Home Address___
4. Phone Number___
Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.
Please we need an urgent reply to avoid.
Hon.John Glover Roberts Jr
CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF UNITED STATES.