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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.
- 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: "ICRC/WORLDBANK" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2022 21:08:57 +0100
This is to inform you that the Payment Committee of the US
Congress, ICRC Red Cross and the World Bank Financial Delegates
unpaid and unclaimed funds to beneficiaries whose details can be
verified to be genuine and authentic. The Payment Committee and
the World Bank in conjunction with the ICRC Red Cross on the order
of the United States President, Joe Biden and the G7 Heads of
Government have ordered and authorized that all funds not paid nor
claimed be handed over to the ICRC Red Cross / World Bank under the
ICRC World Bank Unclaimed Funds
Program which allows beneficiaries of unpaid / unclaimed funds whose
details can be verified to receive their long overdue unpaid funds
through the ICRC Relief Charity Aid Fund that lets beneficiaries
receive their unpaid and unclaimed funds successfully at NO COST.
Your name and details have been confirmed as one of the
beneficiaries of these funds ready to be paid as Charity Fund.
You are required to send us your details for verification and
payment. The total amount in your name is US $ 4,854,917.
Further inspection is ongoing to verify if other funds are also
listed in your name.
Meanwhile further investigation about your fund revealed that you have
tried so hard and paid so much to receive your fund without success
due to the illegal and corrupt actions of the United States Officials,
Banks Officials, Financial and Investment Companies Officials,
corrupt United Nations Officials, corrupt Customs and Airport
Officials, Corrupt ICRC RedCross Officials , Corrupt FBI and other
corrupt authorities and offices that have made you to pay huge
amounts of charges without any success. You are not required to
pay these costs and charges because you are not buying or purchasing
your fund with money. You do not use money to purchase money.
You are to receive your fund FREE and at NO COST to you. It is time
you put a stop to this and stop wasting your hard earned money on
nothing and with nothing to show for it. We have reported these
officials to the appropriate authorities and they are being tracked
down for arrest and prosecution. The Corrupt ICRC RedCross
Officials have all been arrested for prosecution. You are hereby
advised in your best interest and for the safety and security of
your fund to stop any further communication, contact or reaching out
to these illegal and deceitful officials that have made you loose so
much money and hindered you from receiving your fund.
For Verification of your details and Payment of your fund to, send
your details asap to ICRC Deputy Commissioner JÃ¼rg
Kesselring as follows:
Attention: Missionary JÃ¼rg Kesselring
ICRC World Bank Relief Fund Deputy Commissioner
1. Your full names
2. Contact Address
3. Mobile Telephone / Fax number
4. A copy of the ICRC Charity Volunteer Membership Identity Card. This
qualifies you to receive the fund as approved (If you do not have this
ID Card, you will be required to obtain one)
The above details are needed to process your fund payment.
We are here to assist you to get your fund. Your quick response
assists us to serve you better,
Regional Delegation In Washington DC, USA