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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:
- "please endeavor to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Prof Justice Andrew." (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 03:26:10 -0300
Subject: Your International Monetary Fund.
Prof Justice Andrew.
International Monetary Fund.
This is to inform all our Clients that we have finally received an approval Letter from our branch Head office in Asia that with an instruction to go ahead and release your fund to you immediately through the service of the Blakwoods Credit Union Bank, Malaysia as they have discovered that you have paid all the necessary fee as demanded by the stipulated rules of the government.
So we hereby inform you that this instruction was made by the World Bank in collaboration with the United Nations that every deceased outstanding payment that was held by the United Nations Force Agency together with all unclaimed fund that was discovered in the custody of Citibank, HSBC Bank, Chase Bank, Halifax Bank, Barclays Bank, Bank of England, to be processed and release by the Blakwoods Credit Union Bank..
Therefore, you are advice to contact the referenced Bank (Blakwoods Credit Union) with a full reconfirmation of your personal information as to enable them establish an online Bank account on your behalf. Such information are stated below:
(i). Full Name: .....
(ii). Address: ......
(iii). Telephone: .....
(iv). Amount Expected: ..
(v). Occupation: ..
Note that you are only receiving part payment from your total fund as of this present time because most of this Banks are on debts from the World Bank because of the rate of fraud and scam exercise discovered in these Banks, so that is why the authority couldn't meet up to pay all the fund to you. So be it known to you that your expected Amount right now is L3,000,000.00 GBP only.
(v). A reconfirmation of your total fund inherited: L/$ 40M....
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.The only money you have to pay for the Administrative fee of your online opening is $360 And due to the fact that we do not accept Cash on Transfer (COT) or deduction of funds, you have been given the opportunity of paying 50% percent postage fee which is $180USD.
Please endeavor to make sure that you contact the Blakwoods Credit Union Bank with the below contact information using a subject word (My Payment Approval Reference Number is (IMF/UN/009/2011).
Bank Information: .
Bank Name: Blakwoods Credit Union Bank
BOARD OF DIRECTOR.