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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:
- "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 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "INTERCONTINENTAL BANK UK BRANCH." (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 04:23:45 -0800
Subject: IB BANK PLC/TRANSFER MADE,CONFIRM AND CALL IMMEDIATELY.
Intercontinental Bank (UK) PLC
**36-38 Leadenhall Street
London EC3A 1AT
FILE NUMBER: 49220IB109
Subject: *Newly open non-residential account information/details (File
My office is writing to congratulate you for successfully opening a
domiciliary and lodging of your total funds into your suspense account with
*Intercontinental Bank (UK) PLC which the transfer is done,confirm as adviced below and call for final verifications.
I am providing you with this banking information below.
*Bank Name: Intercontinental Bank (UK) PLC
**36-38 Leadenhall Street
London EC3A 1AT
*Bank Telephone: +44-203-514-1874
Account Card Number: 638-124-531
Pin Number: 25074
Transfer Code: 318079
STEPS TO TAKE IN ASSESSING YOUR ACCOUNT BALANCE
DIAL THE BANK PHONE NUMBER: +44-203-514-1874
PRESS TWO (2) FOR ACCOUNT BALANCE
ENTER YOUR NINE DIGIT CARD NUMBER (9) DIGIT ACCOUNT
ENTER YOUR FIVE -DIGIT PIN CODE: 25074
PRESS TWO(2) FOR TRANSFER
ENTER YOUR SIX DIGIT TRANSFER CODE 318-079
THEN YOU ENTER THREE (3) FOR TRANSFER.*
We ask that you kindly confirm the status of the amount in your account,
without revealing the pin code then you can transferring and credit your
nominated account with your fund which will be confirm in your *account
within 72 hours. Thereby saving yourself from the trouble of Financial
Authority in your country who monitor large transfer due to current trend of
terrorism,You have to procure your TRANSFER BOND CODE from our bank before you make any transfer into your local bank account
hence without the BOND CODE any transfer you make will not clear into your local bank,call my office on the telephone number below
and apply for your CODE after you must have confirmed your account balance as lodged in your domiciliary account
the BOND CODE will be issued in your name and favour after you must have send the BOND CODE fees to our bank.
Please note that we anticipate you will honor this *Banking confidentiality
protocol on our behalf. Contact this office as soon as the confirmation is
made.call this number:+2348058875754 for your Transfer BOND Username CODE and instructions on how to send the CODE fees to this bank to enable you commence your transfer into your local account.
Please do acknowledge this mail.
Dr. Raymond C. Obieri.
*CEO Intercontinental Bank Nigeria Plc.(Parent Body)*
This transmission may contain information that is privileged, confidential
and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying,
distribution, or use of the information contained herein (including any
reliance thereon) is STRICTLY PROHIBITED, if you received this transmission
in error, please immediately contact the sender and destroy the material in
its entirety, whether is electronic or hard copy format. Thank you.