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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 into your 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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "INTERNATIONAL PAYMENT NOTIFICATION" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 2 May 2010 10:44:01 -0700
Subject: INTERCEPTED TRANSFER PAYMENT OF $10,500,000,00
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
Geneva office 58, Rue De M0ilebeau
IN CONJUNCTION WITH
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND/Central Bank Of Nigeria
Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi Aminu
Governor Of Central Bank Of Nigeria
DIRECT LINE +234-1825-3563
INTERCEPTED TRANSFER PAYMENT OF $10,500,000,00
This is the International Monetary Fund Office in West Africa, in charge of all foreign and local unpaid funds to bonafide beneficiaries. It was noticed in our Headquarters building in Washington D.C, USA (I.M.F) that your impending funds, which was intercepted by this organization, has not been released to you ,We noticed that you made several attempt to transfer your funds but to no avail based on corrupt and professional approach by the officer in charge of your payment.
You are hereby advised to desist from contacting anyone including your agent or representative either in Africa, Europe, Asia or America in this regard. International Monetary Fund has taken full responsibility to transfer all funds belonging to different beneficiaries and we are mandated by the World Bank to pay of funds emanating from Lottery winnings, Inheritance, Contracts, Bogus Cheque, and any illegal transaction from Credit Card via reservation
You are advised to stop any further communication with any person or group of persons. and contact the Central Bank Governor and also call me on +23418253565 with the following listed information below, also send your reply to his email address firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Country: (Present Location)
8. Fax number: (if any)
Please contact MR.Sanusi Lamdo immediately for the collection of your International Transfer PAYMENT CODE to enable you your payment in your account without further delay. He is the only authorized officer in the Central Bank Of Nigeria in Lagos Nigeria to handle and witness your payment, any other further communication you have outside his office is at your own risk, and you are advised to stop making any further payment to any one without MR Sanusi Lamido notice because he is the only authorized officer with International Monetary Fund Unit in Lagos Nigeria via AU and EU reserve account under united nations payment gazette.
Be informed that your payment is about been transfer into your account provided by your representative Mrs. Lillian Sue below:
NATIONAL BANK OF CHINA
ACCOUNT NO 5608403326
ACCOUNT NAME LILIAN SUE
ROUTING NO 0853733
Please contact Mr.Sanusi Lamido immediately for the collection of your International Transfer Payment CODE to enable you confirms your payment in your account without further delay. He is the only authorized officer in the International Monetary Fund Unit in Lagos Nigeria to handle and witness your payment, any other further communication you have outside his office is at your own risk, and you are advised to stop making any further payment to any one without MR Sanusi Lamido notice because he is the only authorized officer with International Monetary Fund Unit in Lagos Nigeria via AU and EU reserve account under united nations payment gazette.
Contact Mr Sanusi Lamido and also call him on +234-1825-3563 to enable him close your payment file.
Mr. Raul Martins
Senior Human Rights Officer United Nations Switzerland