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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 states 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "AFFIN BANK MALAYSIA" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:23:44 -0800
Subject: DEAR CUSTOMER *YOUR ATTENTION IS NEEDED*
AFFIN BANK MALAYSIA...
RE: TRANSFER OF FOUR MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED UNITED STATES DOLLARS.
Re: Payment Notification:
I saw your email ( in the Central Computer among the list of unpaid contractors,inheritance next of kin and lotto beneficiaries that was originated from Africa, Europe, Asia Plus Middle east, Americans ) among the list of individuals and companies that your unpaid fund has been located to the safe Bank here in Malaysia which is our Bank.
You are welcome to Affin Bank Malaysia. We are pleased to be at your service. We are Regulated and Stipulated by the Financial Service Authority (F.S.A), the financial institutions that govern all financial activities in Malaysia working accordingly with the World Bank banking procedures. we are in receipt of all necessary PAYMENT FILES and also an instruction to remitt payment to you in $4,800,000.00 (Four Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to you respectively as soon as you get back to us with all necessary requirements and meet the legal obligations involved.
Since you are not a residence of Malaysia, you will be required to open an Online Transit Account with us which cost you nothing. This account will serve as an intermediary between our bank and yours. You will be provided with your ACCOUNT NUMBER AND PIN which you will use to log into our official website and access your Account online from your country or anywhere you are in the world. Once your online account has been set up,it will be creditted with your fund of $4,800,000.00 (Four Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) You can then transfer your part payment fund of US$4.8Million from your online transit account with us down to your local bank account by yourself at your convenient time anywhere with internet access and this will not take you up to 10mins to complete transfer and reflect in your local bank account or any account of your choice all over the world.
Firstly You are to provide us with the following information for confirmation and verification purpose.
1)FULL NAMES AND ADDRESS
2)SEX, AGE AND PROFESSION
3)FIXED AND MOBILE PHONE NUMBERS
4)ANY COPY OF YOUR IDENTITY EITHER YOUR PASSPORT OR NATIONAL I.D CARD COPY .
5)YOUR PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS
You are required to get back to us as soon as possible with the above requested requirement so that your account can be created and your account number and password given to you.
Be warned that this bank will not tolerate nor condone negligence on the part of any customers as we expect you to treat our correspondence to you with urgency, and your transfer information including your ACCOUNT NUMBER AND PIN should not be disclose to anybody , so that your funds will not be swindled, this is for your own good.
FOR MORE ENQUIRIES, CALL <+60162513435>.
We look forward to serving you better as we await to hear from you soonest.
Chief Operation Officer.
AFFIN BANK MALAYSIA