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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)
- "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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Frank Williams" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2021 00:17:56 -0800
Subject: Attention is needed
Good Day My Good Friend
I am Mrs. Patricia Barry, 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 Mrs Kristalina Georgeva, 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 her and she
explained everything to me. She said whoever is contacting us through
emails or texts are fake, Mrs Kristalina Georgeva personally directed
me on how to claim my Inheritance fund.
She 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 $2,400,000.00.
Moreover,Mrs Kristalina Georgeva 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 on the
list he showed me, that is why I decided to massage 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
Mrs Kristalina Georgeva. Kindly send your personal details to her to
prove your identification such as below:
current Phone No:....
You have to contact her directly on this information below.
Compensation Award Office.
Name : Mrs Kristalina Georgeva
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 Mrs
Kristalina Georgeva was for full legal affidavit to support my claim
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 which is only $50. Take note of
that and i will advise you to contact her Asap if you wish to receive
your fund without any further
wasting of time.
Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs. Patricia Barry