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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:
- "into your nominated bank account" (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.
- 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.
- +447024068229 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Rhodeville Credit Union" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2010 18:39:08 +0300
Subject: Rhodeville Credit Union... YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNT HAS BEEN ACTIVATED
Rhodeville Credit Union
325 Gray's Inn Rd,
London, WC1X 8DA
Compliments of the season we have been trying to contact you but all to no avail, we wish to inform you that a temporally account have been open for you for your long awaited fund of $3,580,000.00 ( Three million five hundred and eithy thousand dollars) to be transferred into your nominated bank account. We want you to know that we are a reputable bank and also an intermediary bank with The Royal Bank of Scotland and hence all transfers would be powered by The Royal Bank of Scotland.
Below are your accounts coordinates:
Account Name: (Temporarily your Ref number with us [RCU1000390761121])
Account #: 33-1905665411
Swift Code: OBBN1978
ABA Routing #: 198615342
You can log into your new online account by clicking on the below link:
Online Banking Website: http://rhodeville.co.uk.tt
For immediate response you are required to contact Mr. Bret Hynes with the email address and phone numbers below.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Number: +447024068229
Phone Number: +447024076819
As soon as you log on into your temporally account you would see your fund in your account and you can also start your fund transfer.
Mr. Bret Hynes
The information contained in this message is confidential and solely intended for the individual or entity to whom it is addressed, or authorized to receive it. If you are not the intended recipient, please do not read, you are hereby notified that any disclosure of this communication, copying, distribution or taking action in reliance of the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you received this mail in error, kindly inform the sender and delete the mail. Thank you for your kind gesture.
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