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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- 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.
- 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: "WORLD BANK" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2011 13:37:56 -0500
Subject: EDIATE RELEASE OF YOUR OUTSTANDING PAYMENT OF US$10.2MILLION
Geneva Office Address: 3 chemin Louis-Dunant Post Office Box 66 1211 Geneva 20. Switzerland.
UNITED NATIONS/WORLD BANK ORGANIZATION ASSISTED PROGRAM
WORLD BANK LAGOS NIGERIA LIAISON OFFICE
ATTN:UNPAID BENEFICIARY ,
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF YOUR OUTSTANDING PAYMENT OF US$10.2MILLION
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family?. Well, I assume that you may not understand why this mail came to you. But I wish to inform you that the UNITED NATIONS/WORLD BANK ORGANIZATION facilitated a round-table meeting which just ended 4 days ago, and agreement has been reached by both organizations to release a loan of us$24 billion to WORLD BANK LIAISON OFFICE, Lagos Nigeria to settle all the Outstanding debt being owed all over the world to all the foreign beneficiaries which your name is among the listed beneficiary.
During this meet we hard with united union , USA president (Barrack Obama) President of Nigeria, European Union,G7 countries, and Other committees on economic, social and cultural rights we have agreed to reformed economic financial crisis all over the world by paying all the foreign beneficiary their funs. Please go through this link http://www.bicusa.org/en/Institution.5.aspx?gclid=CLu4vNrZgKgCFcoa4QodR32nqw
We obtained an irrevocable payment guarantee on your Payment from the presidency. I'm directed to contact you urgently and confirm from you if actually you know one MISS ROSEMARY EDWARDS and her COLLEAGUES who claim to be your next of kin. The said MISS ROSEMARY EDWARDS is claiming to us that you are one of the victims that dead in the resent earthquake in Japan and she will like to change all the Information that you gave to us as our bona fide beneficiary.
Below is the new banking information were she want to have this fund transferred to
HSBC BANK USA
6901 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73132
ACCT: Name: ROSEMARY EDWARDS
Swift Code: HSBCS477IMU.
You have been selected among the list of individual entitled to this year 2011 payment, and that is why we have contacted you. The UNITED NATIONS & WORLD BANK ORGANIZATION have agreed to pay you with the above mentioned sum of us$10.2million for your loss of money in an unfulfilled transaction you might have had with unscrupulous/Fraudulent officials. This includes all foreign contractors that may have not received their contract payment, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed in the past due to corrupt Government official's e.t.c.
Therefore, we are glad to inform you that a suitable arrangement has been put to place for you to receive your payment in good condition without any delay. How ever, it is my pleasure to announce to you that your payment of us$10.2million will be release to your via wire transfer or cash payment through our offshore payment officials. You are hereby advised to contact OUR PAYMENT OFFICER WORLD BANK LIAISON OFFICE, LAGOS NIGERIA MR.JAMES KALLONS, EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org TEL +2348034229298 within 24hours ,As soon as you confirm to us that above information is correct ,if not forward to him the correct information's for immediate action, after 72hours without hearing from you the fund will be directly transfer to MISS ROSEMARY EDWARDS bank account stated above.
Thanks for your understand and we sincerely apologize to you for what so ever it might cost you and your family on the process of transferring the fund to your account since all this while.
Mr. Joseph Ingram
Consultant World Bank,
Geneva Office Address: 3 chemin Louis-Dunant Post Office
Box 66 1211 Geneva 20. Switzerland.