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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- 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 (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: FEDERAL RESERVE BANK <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2022 18:30:16 +0100
Subject: Attention dear beneficiary
NOTIFICATION OF CREDIT FROM FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD NEW YORK UNPAID BENEFICIARY,
OFFICIAL NOTICE: this is to Notify you that Series of Meetings have
been held by the Federal Reserve Board New York USA and the Secretary
General of the United Nations Organization United State of America,It
is Obvious that you have not received your fund which is now in the
amount of $15.500,000,00 USD (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars) as a compensation award to you, due to past
corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held your fund to themselves
for their selfish reasons and some individuals who have taken
advantage of your fund all in an Attempt to swindle your fund which
has led to unnecessary delay in the receipt and so many losses from
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the NYS Senate
Internet Fraud Investigation Unit and other Security agencies from
Asia, Europe,Oceania, Antarctica, South
America,Texas,Singapore,Moldova, and the United States of America
respectively, against the Federal Government of Benin and United
Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI and IMF International
Monetary Fund USA,have successfully finalize to Boost the Exercise of
Clearing all Foreign Debts Owed to you who have been found not to have
received their Compensation Awards.
Now,how would you like to receive your payment? Because we have two
Method of payment which is by Check or by ATM Card? ATM Card: We will
be issuing you a Custom pin Based ATM VISA CARD which you will use to
Withdraw up to $30,000.00 USD (thirty thousand Dollars) per Day from
any ATM Machine and the Card have to be Renewed in 3 years. Also with
the ATM VISA CARD you will be able to Transfer your Funds to your
Local Bank Account. Even if you do not have a Bank Account, the ATM
card comes with a Handbook or Manual to enlighten you about how to use
Check: A Cashier Check will be issued in your Name and you will
deposit it in your Bank for it to be Cleared within three Working
Days. Your payment would be sent to you Via any of your preferred
option above and would be mailed to you Via USPS.
Take note that you will have to Stop communication with every Other
person if you have been in contact with any. Also remember that all
you will ever have to spend is $100 Dollars! And we Guarantee the
receipt of your fund to be successfully delivered to you within 24 hrs
after confirmation receipt of USPS fee of $100 Dollars).
Secondly, you should know that Argument or delay can not do any thing
or solve this problem if you can not find solution to solve this
matter by trying your possible best for the final conclusion of this
Transaction and send only $100 Right Away it means that i have no Other
Option than to make down my Report.
You are to make the payment of $100 through Steam wallet card /iTunes
card OR amazon gift card and Google play card Forward the pictures of
the card. Kindly get back to us as well with the COPY and also be
advice to reconfirm your full Delivery Address to avoid Wrong Delivery
DELIVERY INFORMATION NEEDED FROM YOU ALSO URGENTLY
1. Your Full Name:..............
2 Cell Phone Number:...........
3. Delivery Address................
4. Choose ONE Preferable Payment Method (Visa ATM Card OR Cashier
Check): Cashier Check
Your package will be sent to you within 24 hours upon Confirmation
receipt of USPS fee of $100 Dollars. We are so sure of everything and
we are giving you a 100% Money back Guarantee if you do not receive
payment/ package within the 24 hrs after you have made the payment for
Shipping but be rest assured that it will be deliver within 24 hours
after you send the fee OK.
Note That Because Of Impostors, We Hereby Issued You Our Code Of
Conduct,Which Is (Code: In God We Trust-) So You Have To Indicate This
Code When replying back to us By Using It As Your Subject.
Thanks for Banking with Federal Reserve Bank New York while we looking
forward to serving you better.
Yours in Service,
Mr.WALTER OWEN and Mr.Frank Williams,
president of Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Email us at...( email@example.com )