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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:
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- 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: MR KENNETH GODWIN <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 00:55:19 +0100
Subject: ATTENTION DEAR EMAIL OWNER
ATTENTION DEAR EMAIL OWNER
>From the Desk Of Mr. KENNETH GODWIN Federal Reserve Bank New York
Headquarter: New York City, NY, United States of America
Founded : 1150 (as Marine Midland Bank)
Headquarter :952 Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York, USA
Did you authorize
(Mr. Richard Lee Chino of p.o. box 888 Tuba City Az86045)
to pay the pending Wire Transfer Charge and claim your WORLD BANK /
IMF assisted scam victim compensation funds of $4.5millionUSD? Because
he is here with us now, with the sum of $50 USD for the pending Wire
Transfer Charge, you are alerted to respond urgent so that if he is
not from you we will have him Arrested by The FBI but do reconfirm to
Us as a matter of urgency if this man is from you or not so that the
federal government will not be held responsible for paying into wrong
account thank you..You are to come back to us with your.
BUY $50 GOOGLE PLAY CARD OR STEAM WALLET OR EBAY SENDD WITH RECEIPT
contact email: email@example.com
Mr KENNETH GODWIN
(Chairman, President, and CEO Federal Reserve Bank)