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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:
- ",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)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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: KIBBA IBRAHIM <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 04:57:26 -0800
We have actually been authorized by the newly appointed Minister of
finance and the governing body of the United Nations Monetary Unit to
investigate the unnecessary delay on your payment, recommended and
approved in your favor. During the course of our investigation, we
discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily
delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank in attempt to swindle your
fund which has lead to so many losses from your end and unnecessary
delay in the receipt of your payment.
The United Nations and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has
chosen to pay out all the compensation funds to 150 Beneficiaries from
U.S.A, Europe, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi
Arabia, South America, Australia and Asia and Africa Continent through
ATM Visa Card as this is a global payments technology that enables
consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments to use
digital currency instead of Cash and Cheques.
We have arranged your payment to be paid to you through ATM Visa Card
and this will be issued on your Name and shall be posted directly to
your address via DHL or any courier services available in your
country. Upon your contact with us, the sum of â¬7,500,000.00 euro will
be credited into the ATM Visa Card and this will enable you to
withdraw your funds in any ATM Machines in your country with a minimum
withdrawal of â¬5,000.00 euro per day. Your limit can be increase to
any amount upon your request. In this regards, you are to contact and
furnish the requested information to the Directorate of International
Payment and Transfer with the followings;
1. Your Name:
2. Country :
3. Age and Sex:
4. Occupation :
5. Mobile Telephone:
6. Delivery Address:
7. Id Card Identification:
Endeavor to furnish the above information to the officers below forth
issuance and delivery of your ATM Visa Card;
We required your urgent response to this email
(firstname.lastname@example.org)as directed to avoid further delay.
Director of International Payment