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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:
- "we advice you" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a fake lottery scam. Consider the following facts about real lotteries:
- They don't notify winners by email.
- You can't win without first buying a lottery ticket.
- They don't randomly select email addresses to award prizes to.
- They don't use free email accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc) to communicate with you.
- They don't tell you to call a mobile phone number.
- They don't tell you to keep your winnings secret.
- They will never ask a winner to pay any fees to receive a prize!
Fraud email example:
From: United Nations Compensation Fund <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 05:26:54 +0800
Subject: Scammed Victims Compensation
Greetings to you,
SCAMMED VICTIM/ $900.000.00.USD BENEFICIARIES.
REF/PAYMENTS CODE: ECB/06654 $900.000.00.USD.
On behalf of the Malaysian National Sweeptakes Compensation Award,we =
to inform you of the results of the comprehensive web email search an=
to notify you as a beneficiary of $900.000.00.USD in compensation as =
victim. This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from th=
Malaysian National Sweeptakes Compensation Award in World Bank to pay=
victims of scam $900.000.00.USD each.
You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed vi=
tobe paid this amount.This Award was promoted and sponsored by a
conglomerate of some multinational companies in asia,africa,europe an=
america as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the
communities where they have operational base. We advice you to keep y=
winning information confidential until your claim has
been processed and your money remitted to you as this is part of our
security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of t=
Do contact CITI BANK INTERNATIONAL BANK,CITI BANK for verification an=
release of your $900.000.00.USD that we have deposited with the
CITI BANK MALAYSIA.The account log on will be presented to you by the
bank in order to access the funds before releasing into your nominate=
bank account.You will transfer the funds into your nominated account
on-line as the CITI BANK MALAYSIA will provide the necessary informat=
to you. If you are willing to accept the funds, do contact the
Managing Director of the CITI BANK MALAYSIA, with the following detai=
You are to fill the appropriate form and submit to the bank.
 Full Names:________________
 Contact address______________________________
 Direct Telephone No: ___________________
|4| Occupation : ____________________________
Managing Director of the CITI BANK MALAYSIA
Name: Mr Abu Bakar Bin Saud
Dr. David Adams
Malaysian National Sweeptakes Compensation Award=A9 2011