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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "the true beneficiary of the funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "huge amount of money" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Abdul Aziz Al Zayed" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 09:19:46 +0100
Subject: National Bank of Abu Dahbi : Your Dormant Account
I wish to introduce myself to you; I am Mr. Abdul Aziz Al Zayed, a staffer of the National bank of Abu Dhabi located in the United Arab Emirates. I am the bank Financial Auditor and In-charge of International Affairs as concerned with the NBAD.
During the financial auditing as at December 2007 done by me on all the accounts of the NBAD, I came across an Online Account, registered in your name and it contained some huge amount of money (amount undisclosed). And from the database records, this account has been Dormant, and since I am the only person privy to the bank database, I decided to study the account for a while, and till date you have not applied for the release of the funds.
As a good Muslim, this gave me some concern because according to laws guiding the banks in the U.A.E all funds dormant for more than one year without any mere agreement with the bank (i.e.) Have fixed deposit accounts or perhaps a Portfolio account, are been confiscated and the funds been sent to the U.A.E government for Amnesty purposes and I needed to let you know.
Irrespective of the fact that the account happened to be in your name, I will like you to give me some information's as regards the funds in question, so that I will be sure that am dealing with the true beneficiary of the funds, then, I can help you find an easy way to move out your funds. Meanwhile, I can only give you few details of the account as seen below
Bank Name National bank of Abu Dhabi
Account No 0326655440
Swift code NBADAEAAXXX
In this case, I want you to be honest with me and confirm the undisclosed amount to me, although the fund has accrued some interest over the period of deposit, thus, if the information you have given is confirmed, I will not hesitate to furnish you with the Account Login Details, so that you can check for yourself to see the existence of the account in question.
Further directives will be given to you as we proceed. I will also like you to furnish me with your full contact details.
Abdul Aziz Al Zayed
National bank of Abu Dhabi