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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:
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Ministry Of Finance" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2011 21:29:44 +0100
OUR REF: 0012/BHC/FBI/ATM/2011
We wish to bring to your notice that your
email was listed by the British Financial
Intelligent Unit (BFIU) for these exercise
of compensating scammed victims, those
listed some have been endorsed by the ASIA
PACIFIC in Malaysia yours was among those
reported unpaid as at today and we wish
to instruct you to see the instruction of
the commission to make sure you receive you
compensation instantaneously as a beneficiary
of $850,000.00 USD. Accredited on an ATM Card.
Kindly forward your information to the
email address below:
Verification Code: ATM-ASIA701
Note: Your Personal Contact/Communication
Code With Mrs. Jim Sui-Kwan Is "643" You
Are Advice To Send Your Full Details as
requested to the British Financial Intelligent
Unit (BFIU) International Remittance Director
Headed By Dr.Yip Chyau Feng And Make Sure You
Speak With Him, With Your New Payment Code
ATM-8301 For The Release Of Your ATM CARD.
Immediately the above details are received and
validated, your payment will be processed within
Contact Person: Mrs. Jim Sui-Kwan
Committee on ATM-CARD Payment