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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.
- 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: "JENNIFER FRANK" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2010 02:38:24 +0100
Subject: THE CLEARING HOUSE
The New York Clearing House is pleased to comment on the final payment release of your unblocked funds, through the Clearing House Interbank Payments System (CHIPS). Basically, this message is notifying you that your blocked funds, $12.5million, which has been in the coffers of the U.S Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) since April 2008, is finally unblocked and authorized for immediate wire transfer into your receiving bank account by the Clearing House in New York.
We at the Clearing House received a certified payment instrument from OFAC in your favor containing your personal details and a new receiving account in the name and favor of your financial representative and partner, Mr. Richard Salazar. In lieu of the issued payment mandate from the OFAC, the Clearing House conveyed a payment message through CHIPS, which will effect the transfer of the funds via S.W.I.F.T MT2O2 COV into the account of Mr. Salazar in 72-hours after a confirmation to proceed from you as the original beneficiary. Please kindly confirm if the account information is correct to receive the funds,
Bank Name: U.S Bank Trust, N.A, MN;
Swift Code: USBKUS4TCOR;
Routing #: 121122676;
Account Number: 153459581457;
Account Beneficiary Name: Richard B. Salazar;
Beneficiary Address: 5021 Laguna Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95758.
The funds will be available in the U.S. Bank Trust, N.A account above in 72-hours after we receive a written permission to proceed from you, and a copy of the MT202 COV Payment Slip will be sent by fax to the receiving beneficiary bank, U.S. Bank Trust, N.A; Mr. Salazar, and a copy of the wire slip will also be sent to you for funds clearance at your receiving bank.
We hope this letter is well understood.
Please, kindly send a written permission for the onward transfer of the said funds to your designated account as stated above; addressed to MR PAUL SALTZMAN, THE VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL in your company letter headed paper via firstname.lastname@example.org .
You can also send questions/enquiry if any as regards this matter to Mr. Paul Saltzman
as the Clearing House would be pleased to discuss in details with you.
Thanks for your Co-Operation.
Miss. Jennifer Frank
SWIFT Transfer Manager
The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C.
450 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
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