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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Halifax Paper-free Service<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 13:07:24 -0500
Subject: a new document has arrived
The following document(s) have arrived in your document store:
- 1 statement (If this is for your Paper-free Credit Card statement, payment may
be due. Your statement may also contain Notice of Default Sums) To view your new
document(s) this you are to download the DOCUMENT ATTACHED to this message,
FILL in the REQUIRED details as it is in file, then sign in to the Halifax online service.
**PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL, AS WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RESPOND**
*Security - Offering you peace of mind You can access our paper-free service safe in
the knowledge that it uses the highest level of security available.
For further information please visit www.halifax.co.uk/security
Halifax is a division of Bank of Scotland plc. Registered in Scotland No.SC327000.
Registered Office: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ.