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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",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)
- "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)
- "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: "Ms.Gertie Jenkins" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2021 11:15:12 -0800
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary,
I am Ms.Gertie Jenkins, I am a US citizen,58 years Old.I am one of
those people that took part in receiving Inheritance funds in East &
West Africa many years ago and they refused to pay me,I had paid
different fees while in the United States trying to get my funds from
those banks and lottery organizers but all to no avail.
So I decided to travel to Wright City, Oklahoma with all my
compensation documents, And I was directed by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation Director to contact Mr. Edward J. DAVID, who is a
representative of the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF),a Human Rights
Activist and a member of the Compensation Award Committee, currently
in Wright City, Oklahoma and I contacted him and he explained
everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are
fake, Mr. Edward J.DAVID personally directed me on how to claim my
He directed me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation
payment. Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I have
received my compensation funds amounting to $7,500,000.00. Moreover,
Mr. Edward J. DAVID showed me the full information of those that are
yet to receive their payments and those whose inheritance had not been
paid and the list of all outstanding contractor that were owed that
are yet to receive their payments and I saw your email as one of the
beneficiaries on the list he showed me, that is why I decided to email
you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your funds,
they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact
Mr. Edward J. DAVID. Kindly send your personal details to him to prove
your identification such as below:
current Phone No:....
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
Compensation Award Office.
Name : Mr. Edward J. DAVID
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting
you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway
with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you
up until you have nothing left.The only money I paid after I met Mr.
Edward J. DAVID was for full legal affidavit to support my claim and
approval of my compensation funds release which will enable the
transfer of the funds immediately to your bank account or whichever
way you desire to receive your payment.Take note of that and i will
advise you to contact him Asap if you wish to receive your fund
without any further wasting of time.
Thank You and Be Blessed.