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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:
- "card center will send you an atm card" (this phrase is often used in the ATM card payment scam)
- "million 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "united state dollar" (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 mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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: FROM THE UNITED NATIONS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2022 13:06:27 +0100
Subject: YOUR DAILY $,5000 DOLLARS IS READY
This is to officially inform you that we have checked your fund grants file
currently on our desk, and we have discovered that you have not received
your payment due to your lack of cooperation and failure to fulfill the
obligations that you are responsible for paying your grant . since 2018.
Second, you are advised to stop dealing
with some unofficial bank officials as this is an illegal act and will need
to stop if you want to receive your payment immediately.
After the board meeting held at our headquarters, we resolved to find a
solution to your problem, and as you may know, we have arranged your
payment through our SWIFT ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER in Africa, Europe,
America and Asia-Pacific etc. which is the instruction given for your total
sum of $5,000,000.00 (Five Million United
state dollars. The delivery cost is $550 dollars and will be paid by you.
Please take note of it.
This card center will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw
your funds from an ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum is
($5,000) five thousand US dollars in three transactions per day. So, if you
would like to receive your funds in this manner, you are advised to contact
us with the following information below to enable us to respond quickly
with all the details on how to receive your card.
(1) Your full name â¦â¦
(2) Address to deliver your ATM CARDâ¦.
(3) Telephone ..â¦ ..
(4) Country and City....
(6) Age and gender....
We expect to receive your information. Therefore, you should stop all
further communication with anyone or an office. In this regard, do not
hesitate to contact Mr. David Mark, with the information below. PLEASE NOTE
THAT THE DELIVERY COST OF YOUR ATM CARD IS $550 DOLLARD
Mr. David Mark
Phone. : +229 65890960
Thank you for your cooperation.
Ms. Susan Munesin