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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)
- ",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)
- "international remittance department" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (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.
- 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: "JP MORGAN CHASE BANK" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010 05:55:11 -0700
Subject: UNCLAIMED ASSET/ASSETS RE-UNITED.......
UNCLAIMED ASSET/ASSETS RE-UNITED, USA .
INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT.
We have been informed this day by the concern authority to have your fund
release process completed otherwise, the funds will be declared unserviceable
by the bank and consequently, its confiscation. The time frame is very short
and technically, bank transfer is the fastest means of getting this done, so
we have reverted to status quo.
Mandate has been issued to a commission namely UNCLAIMED ASSET/ASSETS
RE-UNITED, USA here in the UNITED STATE to effect this payment to you using
it's traditional banking procedure, VIA WIRE TRANSFER and you are to contact
the Executive Director of JP MORGAN CHASE BANK for the release of the fund to
be transfered into your nominated bank account, and here is the contact
Executive Director JP MORGAN CHASE BANK
Mr. John Hoover
Contact Address: 270 North Avenue New Rochelle
NY 10801 United State.
If you are receiving this notification for the first ($US10,500,000) which is
on your name, can only be paid upon our receipt of your beneficiary
identification security transfer CODE which is GN6720XN for clearance of the
fund. Send it immediately to us for instant accreditation of your proceeds
into your account as listed below.
1) Your full name
2) Phone, fax and mobile#
4) Profession, age and marital status
5) Copy of your any valid ID card.
Ensure you contact Mr. John Hoover with all your Full contact details
regarding of your Fund and get back to us for more information.
Unclaim Asset Manager.