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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:
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- 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: WOODFOREST NATIONAL BANK <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 11:41:01 -0800
WOODFOREST NATIONAL BANK
Address: 25231 Grogans Mill Rd Ste 175 The Woodlands Montgomery TX
Group Membership: WOODFOREST NATIONAL BANK
This is to inform you officially that USA Federal Authorities have
approved sum of $7.500, 000, 00 USD to you as inheritance fund, after
verification, your name was found in the list of scam victims in
Africa, and IMF has signed your fund to immediate load in your ATM
through new system to help you get your Fund immediately.
Note! if you have any ATM card such as, Visa card, Debit Card, Master
Card and Credit Card in your country, please kindly forward your Card
information as below to load this fund to your ATM Card Account in
your country to use your card withdraw fund in every bank or Cash
Machine. This is legally approved by International Monetary Fund (IMF)
and Banking Authority USA and world Bank for immediate receive your
approved fund $7.500, 000.00 USD.
As matter of fact, your Fund is deposited to WOODFOREST BANK by
Mr,Janet Yellen, Minister of Economy and Finance and Bank will
activate your fund in your ATM card after confirmation of your ATM
information to withdraw fund.
Your Full Name: __
Your Address: __
Phone Contact: __
ATM Serial Number: __
Type of your ATM: __
Name of Bank issued your ATM: __
Three Numbers in back of your ATM: __
Limit Amount a day: __
James D Dreibelbis "Jay" Managing Director
Phone Number: :+1(203)903-8512
And once we receive above Information we activate this Fund to your
ATM to start withdrawal your fund in your country to help you receive
your inheritance fund. Finally, Director is waiting your urgent reply
with your card information to load your fund immediately.
MRs. ANGELA DAVIS