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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 fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "first national bank" (not involved with lotteries)
- 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)
- "here in united kingdom" (this email uses bad English)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- 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.
- +447024037586 (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Brian Gold" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:41:54 -0800
Subject: Your long overdue payment.
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUNDS (I.M.F)
INTERNATIONAL FUNDS REGULATORY AUTHORITY
Telephone Operator: + 44 702 403 7586.
Monday Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (ET).
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays*: closed.
This is to intimate you of a very important information which will be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in getting your long over due payment due to excessive demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Companies after which your fund remain unpaid to you.
I am Mr. Brian Gold the Financial Counsellor and Director Monetary and Capital Markets Department, (I.M.F). I'm a highly placed official of the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F). It may interest you to know that reports have reached our office by so many correspondence on the uneasy way which people like you are treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies across Europe to Africa and Asia and we have decided to put a stop to that and that is why i was appointed to handle your transaction here in United Kingdom.
All Governmental and Non-Governmental parasites, NGOs, Finance Companies, Banks, Security Companies and Courier companies which have been in contact with you of lately have been instructed to back off from your transaction and you have been advised NOT to respond to them anymore since the I.M.F is now directly in charge of your payment.You are hereby advised NOT to remit further payment to any institutions with respect to your transaction as your fund will be transfered to you directly from our source. I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to this instructions is at your own risk.
This office is now responsible for your payment across Europe to Africa and Asia, we the I.M.F @ the global regulatory service hereby advise you to put a stop on further communication with your foreign partner's in any of this continent as mention above. Your payment release will be handle from our office here in United Kingdom, so make sure you are ready to finalize the release of your payment before contacting us. These Are The List of Five Names We Conducted There Transfer This Morning And It Was Successfull:
* Mohammed Saheedi (United Arab Emirate)----National Bank of Abu Dhabi (UAE).
* Alex Schloomer (Switzerland)----Amtsersparniskasse Schwarzenbu Bank (Switz).
* Anita Babaman (Latvia)----Rigas Komercbanka Bank PLC (LAT).
* Rudoff Peterson (United State of America)----First National Bank And Trust Company (U.S.A).
* Suzuki Inhomotto Yamaha (Japan)----Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (JAP).
If Your Name Is Among The List Of People Above,Which We Conducted There Transfer This Morning, Please Check Your Email For Your Wire Transfer Payment Confirmation Slip That Have Been Forwarded To Your Email This Morning And Confirm To Us If The Fund Has Reflected Into Your Nominated Bank Account As Provided Earlier.We Have Ten Names On Our Payment Schedule File On Record, If You Are Not On Our First Batch Then Be Patient Enough To Wait For The Second Five On Next To Transfer.
Respond to this e-mail (email@example.com) with immediate effect and we shall give you further details on how your fund will be released to you. Also it is very necessary and important that you send us an e-mail containing your vital informations as requested below so that you will be given an immediate response and directives on what to do next:
Reachable Tel#/Mob:..............*No Voice Mail Service*
The rest of your data's needed for your fund transfer will be requested directly from your bank manager.
Mr. Brian Gold
Financial Counsellor and Director
Monetary and Capital Markets Department, IMF.
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND.