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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:
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Aig Acc Office" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2013 09:02:24 -0700
Subject: I wish you good luck.
ACCESS BANK NIGERIA PLC
#1665 Oyin Jolayemi Street
Victoria Island Nigeria .
This Is To Officially Inform You That We Have Verified All The Approved Inheritance Payment
Files That Was Presented To Our Bank By The Hon.Minister of Trade & Investment/The FEDERAL
MINISTRY OF FINANCE Federal Republic of Nigeria And Your Email ID Was Discovered Amongst The
listed Beneficiaries Who Are To Receive The Sum Of USD$10.5Million Ten Million Five Hundred
Thousand Dollars. During The Auditing Of Payment files, We Discovered That You Have Not Claim
Your Approved /Inheritance Payment,Maybe Due To One Reason Or The Other,Or Lack of Co-
Operation Of Not Fulfilling The Obligations Giving To You By The Authority.
Secondly, You Are Hereby Advice To Stop Dealing With Some Non-Officials In The Bank As This
Is An Illegal Act And Will Have To Stop If You So Wish To Receive Your Payment Immediately.
However, After The Board Meeting Held At Our Headquarters, We Have Resolved In Finding A
Solution To This Problem, And As You May Know, We Shall Programmed Your Payment Through Our
Swift Card Payment System Powered By ATM Master Card Which Is The Instruction Given Us By The
And The Atm Card Which You Will Use To Withdraw Your Money In Any Part Of The World, Shall Be
Send To You Via Courier Service. The Maximum You Can Withdraw Per Day is (USD$10,000.00) Ten
Thousand Us Dollars. While Each Transaction Is USD$5,000 Minimum. To Enable Us Process Your
Payment, Do Send to us the Information Below:
(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Your Receiving Address Where You Want Us To Send Your Atm Card To.
(3) Phone and Fax Number:
(4) Age and Occupation:
(5) Your Nearest International Air Port in Your City Of Residence:
(6) Fax Number:
We Shall Be Expecting To Receive Your Information, You Have To Stop Any Further Communication
With Anybody Or Office On This Regards, Do Not Hesitate To Contact Me For More Details And
Thanks for Your Co-Operation.
(Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede)
GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO.