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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:
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- "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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "international remittance department" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- 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: JP MORGAN CHASE BANK <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2022 13:34:52 +0100
Subject: GREETINGS: BENEFICIARY FROM JPMORGAN CHASE BANK(R)
214 Broadway, New York ,
NY 10038 , United States .
Unclaimed Asset/Assets Re-united,
USA International Remittance Department
Our Website: https://www.jpmorganchase.com
EMAIL Address: email@example.com
This is to inform you that a compensation payment in the amount of
US$10,700,000.00, (Ten Million Seven Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars) was legally approved and deposited few days ago with our
Bank, JpMorgan Chase Bank Branch Office here in 214 Broadway 10038,
New York U.S, and it was deposited in your email address by the
foreign debts settlement/compensation committee of the Executive
Directors Of World Bank Group in conjunction with the European Union
Board Of Directors, and they instructed us to credit this fund direct
to your private bank account with immediate effect, Meanwhile, the
good news about your fund now is that your compensation payment file
with some of the legal documents backing this fund has been forwarded
to the US Department of State and the United Nations for final
approval, And we shall proceed with the transfer immediately we hear
from you because we were mandated to transfer this fund to you as one
of the beneficiary whose the name is listed in the World Bank foreign
debts settlement/compensation committee of the Executive Directors Of
World Bank Group in conjunction with the European Union Board Of
However, Please note that JpMorgan Chase Bank have decided and agreed
together to send this payment to you by your choice so you are
therefore advised to quickly get back to the management of the bank
and we will let you know the option that is available for you to
choose and have your fund credited to you, We awaits your reply to
enable us proceed with the claim process of your fund.
We wait your immediate response with your information below to enable
this bank proceeds immediately with the transfer of your fund as we
Valid Phone number............
Kindly get back to us by reconfirming your full information.
Thank you, God Bless America .
President, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer And Chief
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK & COÂ®.