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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:
- "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)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Ahmed Chawki <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2022 21:06:46 +0100
This is to official inform you that we have been having a meeting for
the past Seven month which ended Two days ago with Dr. Robert B.
Rollick the World Bank President and Hon. Ms.Kristalina Georgieva
(IMF) Director General, in the meeting we treated on Scam victim
United Nation have agreed to compensate you with the sum of One
million two Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD$1.200,000.00) this also
includes international businesses that failed due to Government
problems etc?. We have arranged your payment through ONLINE BANKING or
Master Card ATM which is the latest instruction from World Bank Group.
For the collection of Online banking or Master Card ATM contact our
representative Dr.Usman Mohammed and forward the following details to
1. Full Name:.........
3. Delivery Address:..........
4. Telephone:..............& Occupation.......
5. Your Age...... /Sex..........
6: Your Nearest Airport..........
Contact Dr.USMAN MOHAMMED with below email and phone number and
forward all your details to him.
Telephone +229 60 54 02 93
Note: for the immediate collection of your fund contact our
representative Agent.Dr.Usman Mohammed to enable you confirm your
payment without further delay and note any other contact you made out
side his office is at of your own risk.
CC: Hon.Ms.Kristalina Georgieva
CC: World Bank Group
CC: Mr.AntÃ³nio Guterres Secretary-General