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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:
- 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:
- "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)
- "power of attorney" (with your bank details and a power of attorney form criminals sometimes empty bank accounts)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: John David <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2022 04:10:31 -0800
How are you today? hope all is right with you; Please I
advised that you should read this email message very carefully and
urgently get back to me immediately to avoid wrong delivery of your
overdue inheritance unpaid ATM CARD fund worth of $10.5 Million USD
presently at our custody United Nation.
Based on the meeting held yesterday with the United Nations Official,
US Embassy Louisville Kentucky Official, and IMF officials In
collaboration with Office of the Presidency and Federal Ministry of
Finance F.M.F United of State, regarding all overdue inheritance
payment File of which your name and your phone number was listed among
the unpaid beneficiary, am writing to inform you that your files
appeared on our desk to pay you a partial payment of $10.5 million US
Dollars of your funds for this First quarter of the year.
But we are having misunderstanding because a lady by name Mrs. Monica
Ohge, from United States of America called our Office on Friday
stating that she is your new next of kin that you have given her the
power of attorney to claim your unpaid ATM CARD Fund worth of $10.5
Million USD, she clearly informed our Office that you have instructed
her to receive the funds on your favor that she will greatly makes it
impossible so far that you cannot work or answer any calls due your
presently health condition.
Executive Board of Director Federal Ministry of Finance United State
Of America are currently and so confuse about her claim that is why
the authority instructed me to contact you for us to know if she is
telling us the truth or not to avoid wrong delivery of your unpaid
fund worth of $10.5 Million USD to unexpected person as we have no
clue about this person Mrs. Monica Ohge .
She also forwarded below information DETAILS to us for the delivery of
your unpaid inheritance Payment worth the total sum of $10.5 Million
USD. ( FULL NAME== Mrs. Monica Ohge COUNTRY===USA ADDRESS==== 357
Spears ln Hartshorne, Ok 74547. Please kindly check this information
and name if we can go ahead and deliver your ATM card with all the
documents to her info.
After she provided this info to us, she instructed us not to bother or
disturbed ourselves by contacting you because you cannot access your
email presently due to your present health condition that we should
delivered the funds to her provided information directly because she
is now acting on your behalf. so if you are not aware about her
claiming try to reconfirm your full information immediately for your
delivery of your ATM CARD. We wait to hear from you soonest. Don't
keep us waiting for your own good.