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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Wally Adeyemo" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 10:05:31 -0700
Subject: Get back to me
I am Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. Further details about me can be found on the official treasury website or via the link below;
We understand that the COVID-19 public health crisis and resulting economic crisis have created a variety of challenges for individuals, small, micro and solo businesses around the world amidst the new variant. The Treasury Department is providing critical assistance to selected individuals across the globe, facilitating the urgent deployment of capital and support to help individuals and small businesses not just persevere, but recover on solid footing in these difficult times.
The US Treasury have directed the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to expedite the payment of all outstanding compensation/inheritance/pandemic relief funds owed to individuals and small businesses from previous years and be sure that all funds are paid to befitting beneficiaries this fiscal year 2022.
As a result of this development, you have been selected alongside a few other beneficiaries to receive a payment of $1,250,000 (One Million Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars only).
In lieu of this, you are required to furnish me with your personal details as requested below to enable us process your payment;
(1) Full Names:
(2) Residential Address:
(3) Date of Birth:
(4) Phone/Cell Number:
More so, it's my concern to demand your ultimate honesty and cooperation to enable us expedite this transaction. It is guaranteed that this process would be executed under a legitimate arrangement that would legally protect you from any breach of Law.
Get back to me as soon as you can.