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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:
- "transfer of your funds" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Williams Jenkins"<email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 01:19:55 +0200
Subject: A.A RESOURCES
I wish to inform you that all arrangements has been put in place for the successful transfer of your funds via our affiliate bank Saudi National Bank, be informed that your funds are currently with the Saudi National Bank but the only problem is that while trying to receive the funds with those people who introduce you to the business at first, they tried to steal the funds and remove your name away from the contract file.
However, the fund was registered in the name of A.A RESOURCES which is the problem you have had all these while. Now, for you to claim the funds you will need to change the account name to your name and this will cost money, however, immediately that is done you will have total access and code to transfer out the fund from this account to any account you might wish.
Therefore, you need to know that you will only have access to transfer this funds out when the account name is legally changed to your name and as soon as this is done you will have access to transfer the whole money without question, in case you need to contact the bank please go to their contact payment and write to them as am sure they will respond or give you advice on this matter.
You can reach the undersigned by email, fax or telephone below.
Mr. Williams Jenkins
Foreign Payments Department
Financial Services Authority (FSA)
London, United Kingdom