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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)
- ",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)
- "fund beneficiary" (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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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: Public Information Officer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2023 16:47:50 +0100
Subject: FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTRE (FIC) REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA.
FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTRE (FIC)
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
Annex Office: No: 793 York Road Sunninghill Sandton Gauteng South Africa.
Attn: Dear Fund Beneficiary,
COMPENSATION FUNDS PAYMENT ORDER VIA ATM CARD/CASH PAYMENT OR
TELEGRAPHIC BANK TRANSFER.
This is to inform you that, We have been working towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of
the Organization of African Unity (OAU) United Nations (UN),European
Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and FBI. We have
been able to track down so many of this scam artists in various part
of Africa countries which includes (Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Ghana,
Cameroon, Senegal e.t.c) and they are all in Government custody now,
they will appear at International Criminal Court (ICC) Hague
(Netherlands) soon for Criminal/Fraud Justice.
During the course of our investigation, we have been able to recover
so much money from these scam artists. The United Nations Anti-Crime
Commission and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have ordered the
money recovered from the Scammers to be shared among 100 Lucky people
around the World for compensation. This Email/Letter is been directed
to you because your email address was found in one of the Scam Artists
file and computer hard-disk during our investigation, maybe you have
been scammed or not, you are therefore being compensated with the sum
of $1,500,000.00 USD(ONE MILLION Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars).
We have also arrested some of those who claim that they are
barristers, bank officials,Lottery Agents who has been sending you SMS
/text messages on your phone that you have won a lottery which does
not exist. Since your email address appeared among the lucky
beneficiaries who will receive a compensation funds, we have arranged
your payment to be paid to you either through ATM VISA CARD/CASH
PAYMENT or a BANK WIRE TRANSFER it all depend on how you want your
compensation approved funds paid to you.
This is because the United Nations Anti-Crime Commission and the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Government has instructed to
payout all the compensation funds to the 100 Lucky beneficiaries,
because the ATM Visa Card is a global payments technology that enables
consumers, businesses,financial institutions and governments to use
digital currency instead of cash and checks.
Kindly contact this office with the following information stated below:
1. Your Full Name:
3. Your Age:
5. Cell/Mobile Number:
6. Scan copy of your government id card
7. Country of nationality
Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions.
YOURS IN SERVICES.
OFFICER.(FIC) SOUTH AFRICA
+27 793760077 (WHATSAPP ONLY).