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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "to 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)
- "million dollars" (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.
- 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: "MRS.VIVIAN" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 18:01:12 -0000
Subject: RE: DOCKET NO. OP 292.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
20TH STREET AND CONSTITUTION AVENUE,
N.W. WASHINGTON, D.C. 20551.
RE: DOCKET NO. OP 292.
IRREVOCABLY RELEASE OF USD$10.5 MILLION USD IN YOUR FAVOUR.
The Board of directors of the Federal Reserve system appreciates the opportunity to use this medium to inform you that we have received a confirmation to notify you that your Payment of US$10.5 Million Dollars with the United has been irrevocably and unconditionally release for onward credit to your nominated Bank Account with verification Reference No. FRS-0021 and White House Approved No. WH01CV.
You are strongly advice immediately to contact MR. ADAMS BAYO, the Fund Remittance Officer of National Bank Plc, Via his Public Open email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or with verification Reference No. FRS-0021 and send him your below information to enable him deduct cost of international transfer fee of $10,500.00 from your US$10.5 Million Dollars and transfer the balance of USD$10,489,500.00 to your Bank Account without any delay. Send him your information such as;
1. Your Full Name.
2. Your Contact Address (NOT P.O BOX)
3. Your Cell Phone, Home and fax numbers for oral conversation.
4. Your Bank Name
5. Your Bank Address
6. Your Account Number.
7. Your SWIFT# OR ABA Routing#
8. Your Account Holder Name.
Your Transfer Approval and Authority to Remit has been already sent to MR. ADAMS BAYO while he is waiting your above mentioned information to enable him deduct cost of international transfer fee of $10,500.00 from your US$10.5 Million Dollars and transfer the balance of USD$10,489,500.00 to your Bank Account without any delay.
Thanks and accept our congratulations.
Secretary Board of Governors.
cc: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
National Bank Plc