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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:
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- "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 of america" (this email uses bad English)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "CITIBANK INTERNATIONAL PLC" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 23:40:01 -0700
Subject: Instant compensation announcement valued at usd$4.6 million
CITIBANK INTERNATIONAL PLC LONDON
Director, Foreign Operations Department
Address: 230 s. LaSalle street new York united state of America
Our Ref: Cuk/Snt/Stb
Instant Compensation Announcement Valued At USD$4.6 Million
It is my modest obligation to write you this letter as regards the authorization of your owed payment through our most respected financial institution
(Citibank PLC). I am Rev Duke Dominique, The Chief Financial, Foreign Operations Department, and Citibank of New York.
The British Government in Conjunction With
Us Government, World Bank, United Nations Organization On foreign payment matters has empowered my bank after much consultation and consideration to
Handle all foreign payments and release them to their appropriate beneficiaries with the help of a representative from Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
As the newly appointed/accredited International Paying Bank, we have been instructed by the World Governing Body together with the Committee on International
Debt Reconciliation Department
to release your overdue funds with immediate effect; with this exclusive Vide Transaction No.: wha/eur/202, Transfer Allocation No.:
Citibank/x44/701ln/wgb/gb, Password: 339331, Pin Code: 78569, Immediate Citibank Secret Code: xxtn014.Having received these vital payment numbers, you are instantly qualified to receive and confirm your payment with us within the next 96hrs.
Be informed that we have verified your payment file as directed to us and your name is next on the list of our outstanding fund Beneficiaries to receive
Their payment before the end of this second term of the year 2011. Be advised that because of too many funds beneficiaries due for payment at this second
quarter of the year, you are entitled to receive the sum of Four Million Six Hundred Thousand US Dollars (4,600,000.00 US Dollars) only, as part payment so
As to enable us pay other eligible beneficiaries.
To facilitate with the process of this transaction, please kindly re-confirm the following information below:
1) Your full Name: -----
2) Your full Address: ------
3) Your Contact Telephone and Fax No: -----
3) Your Profession, Age and Marital Status: -----
4) Any valid form of your Identification/Driven License: -----
5) Bank Name: ------
6) Bank Address: ------
7) Account Name: -----
8) Account Number: -----
9) Swift code: ------
10) Routing Number: -----
As soon as we receive the above mentioned information, your payment will be processed and released to you without any further delay. Be also informed that
you are not allowed to Communicate with any other person(s) or office any longer so as to avoid conflict of information, you are required to provide the
Above information for your transfer to take place through Bank to Bank transfer directly from Citibank.
We look forward to serving you better.
Sir Rev Duke Dominique
(CFO)Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kurt Muller
(Director, International transfer Dept. Citibank New York)
(Copyright © 2011 Citigroup Inc.)