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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:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "foreign remittance department" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "courier company" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: TRUST FUND <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2022 01:13:29 -0800
Subject: PICK UP YOUR FUND
ATTENTOIN YOUR FUND
We hereby officially notify you about the present arrangement to pay
you, your over due Winning Prize/inheritance fund which you could not
complete the process of the
release of your transfer pin code through the Digitized Payment
System. We have decided to pay your funds through ( Express Credit
Card) This arrangement was
initiated/constituted by the World Bank, United Nation and Paris Club,
due to fraudulent activities going on within the world.
The World Bank, United Nations and Paris Club introduced this payment
arrangement to enable our Contract ,Winning Prize,inheritance
beneficiary to receive their fund
without any interference. The Express Credit Card was contracted and
powered by GOLD CARD WORLD WIDE.
The Credit Card is credited with the sum of $5,500.000.00 USD(Five
Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars), it is already
loaded in the Credit Card which
you can use to access your fund in any location worldwide and remember
that the maximum withdrawal daily limit is Ten Thousand United States
have concluded delivery arrangement with the below courier services
companies and their delivery time is stated below.
Online Banking transfer service=24hrs/$300
Kindly provide me with the below details in your response to this email and
me know which courier company you would want us to use for the shipment of
your Credit Card to you.
1. Valid Delivery Address:
2. Full Names:
3. Phone Number:
Understand that you will be liable for the delivery fee of your Credit
Card to you with any of the above courier companies.
CONGRATULATIONS IN ADVANCE.
+229 6802 7214
Director Foreign Remittance Department