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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "MS MARY WILLIAMS & MR EDWARD CLEFF" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:25:50 +0100
Attention: Beneficiary. Sir/Madam,
This is to inform you that after a board meeting with IMF Director Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and FBI including the United States Government we have concluding the processed of transferring your (US$9.7M) once the details requested below have been forwarded to us',Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in favor of (TOM BROWN) Thereby making him the current beneficiary with his following account details?
MR TOM BROWN,
B/NAME: CITI BANK,
ADDRESS: NEW YORK, USA,
We shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Mr. TOM BROWN, if we do not hear from you within the next two working days from today.Your file appears in arrived on my desk two days ago Through the IMF office stating that you are among the list of people approved to be paid half of their part payment of Nine million, seven Hundred thousand Dollars ($9.7Million USD). Signed by World Bank Nigeria and the new president of federal republic of Nigeria On behalf of IMF to release this $9.7m to you with immediate effect.
1) Your full name.
2) Contact Address
3) Phone, fax and mobile #.
6) Your bank details
Listen if you are interested to claim your funds $9.7m provide above information to enable us start processing all the necessary legal transferring documents for immediate transferring your funds to you without any more delay .
MS MARY WILLIAMS & MR EDWARD CLEFF
DIRECTOR OF PAYMENT/ SPECIAL DUTIES
WORLD BANK AUDITORS
Office Hot Line Tel : +234-8078549925