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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:
- "huge amount of money" (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)
- "consignment " (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)
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "economic and financial crimes commission" (This name is often mentioned in money recovery scams (re-scam): the real EFCC does not contact victims to offer to get their money back because that is near impossible. )
- "(efcc)" (This name is often mentioned in money recovery scams (re-scam): the real EFCC does not contact victims to offer to get their money back because that is near impossible. )
- 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. Dr. Howard Smitth" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 19:35:59 +0100
Subject: SCAM VICTIM COMPENSATION FUNDS APPROVED.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
Attn: Scam Victim
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/JUNK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, we urge you to treat it genuinely.
This Email is sent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States of America in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which has come together to stop scams/internet fraud. We arrested some internet fraudsters three months ago and they listed your name and email address as one of the victims that they scammed long time ago. After promising you some huge amount of money will be transfer to you as a result of winning the America Lottery, Coca-Cola lottery, BMW lottery, inheritance, Next Of Kin. etc. all they want is to extort hard-earn money from you.
We have managed to seize and recover some amount of money from these internet fraudsters we put behind bars. My superior Christopher Wray, the FBI Director has instructed me to contact some of the scammed victims listed by these fraudsters and to compensate them with some amount of money we recovered from the internet fraudsters.
We recovered over $58.14 billion United State Dollars from internet fraudsters this year (2022), several meetings were held last month on how to distribute the $58.14 billion United State Dollars among the scammed victims we can find across the Globe, as a result of this development, you have been luckily selected as one of the victims, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the UNITED NATIONS (UN) has finally concluded that you will be compensated with the sum of $2,500,000.00 two million five hundred thousand United States dollars.
You are advised to contact Dr. Howard King, the compensation unit director officer in possession of your fund with your details by filling out the below forms and sending them to Dr. Howard smith.
Contact person information
Dr. Howard smith
Compensation Unit Director
Phone: +1 (814) 418-6745 (WhatsApp only)
As soon as Dr. Howard Smith receive your details he will process the necessary documentation needed for your funds to get into your possession. We have three means by which you can receive your fund and you are to choose the suitable option. Here are the options below:
(1) Bank-to-Bank transfer.
(2) Debit Card delivery.
(3) Consignment Box delivery.
Kindly flourish Dr. Howard Smith with your details and suitable payment options. Your urgent attention is needed to enable him to proceed with the transaction successfully.
Making the world a better place!
Mrs. Regina Thompson
Victim Services Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)