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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:
- "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)
- 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.
- +447024012941 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "World Bank Alert" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 05:07:04 -0800
Subject: Be Guided Accordingly
Dear Accredited Beneficiary,
This is to notify you that the World Bank had secured the sum of USD15, 000,000.00 being due unclaimed fund accredited to you.
This fund was secured from World Bank with their reserved authorities over the Holding country and agents.
An account had been opened to you at the World Bank Payment System. You will have access to this account once you respond
to this email confirming your relevant details as requested below. This account details will enable you to make transfer from your account at the comfort of your home.
You are advised to forward your physical mailing address, Telephone contact details immediately to this office through this email:
Mr. David Scott
WORLD BANK TELEBANKING SYSTEM
The World Bank
New Zealand House
80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE, United Kingdom Office
The information contained in this email communication may be proprietary, confidential or legally professionally privileged. It is intended exclusively for the individual or entity to which it is addressed. You should only read, disclose, re-transmit, copy, distribute, act in reliance on or commercialise the information if you are authorised to do so. World Bank Tele Banking Office does not represent, warrant or guarantee that the integrity of this email communication has been maintained nor that the communication is free of errors, virus or interference.
If you are not the addressee or intended recipient please notify us by replying direct to the sender and then destroy any electronic or paper copy of this message. Any views expressed in this email communication are taken to be those of the individual sender, except where the sender specifically attributes those views to World Bank Uk Office and is authorised to do so.
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