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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "FEDERAL RESERVE BANK" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2022 05:04:20 -0700
Subject: IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR TRANSACTION
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE JANET M DIFlORE FEDERAL BUILDINGS AD U.S
Address: 255 W Main St #230, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR TRANSACTION,
I 'M CONTACTING YOU NOW BASE ON ISSUE ON MY DESK THIS MORNING BECAUSE
YOUR PAYMENT FILE WHICH CONTAIN YOUR $4.5M WAS BROUGHT TO ME BY MR
JEROME POWELL OF FEDERAL RESERVE BANK WHO ORDERED ME TO SIGN THE
CANCELLATION OF YOUR PAYMENT FILE AND I ASKED HIM WHY AND HE SAID THAT
YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED AND YOU HAVE INSULTED HIM SO MUCH JUST BECAUSE
THAT THEY TOLD YOU TO PAY $250 TO COMPLETE YOUR FUND TRANSACTION.
SO I DECIDED TO WRITE YOU BECAUSE I FOLLOWED THE LAW AND I WILL NOT BE
AGAINST ANYBODY IN THIS WORLD AND I THINK THAT MAYBE HE HAS A LITTLE
PROBLEM WITH YOU.
I HAVE NOT TOUCH YOUR PAYMENT FILE UNTIL I HEAR FROM YOU THIS MORNING
BECAUSE I HAVE A HUMAN SYMPATHY AND I KNOW THAT YOU WILL NOT AFFORD TO
LOSE YOUR FUND JUST BECAUSE OF $250 AND PLEASE ALL I NEED FROM YOU IS
SINCERITY AND TRUTH.
SO MY DEAR I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AND IF YOU STILL NEED TO RECEIVE
YOUR FUND THEN I WILL TELL YOU WHERE YOU WILL SEND THE $250 AND HAVE
THIS FUND SEND TO YOU THROUGH MY POWER AND NOTHING WILL STOP IT. MY
PHONE NUMBER IS (706) 553 1246
YOUR URGENT REPLY IS NEEDED AS I AWAIT YOUR EMAIL NOW.
JUSTICE JANET M DIFIORE