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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.
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "AFFIN BANK MALAYSIA" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:46:06 -0800
Subject: DEAR CUSTOMER,,,,YOUR ATTENTION IS NEEDED...
AFFIN BANK MALAYSIA
RE: TRANSFER OF FOUR MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED UNITED STATES DOLLARS.
Re: Payment Notification:
I saw your email ( in the Central Computer among the list of unpaid contractors, inheritance next of kin and lotto
beneficiaries that was originated from Africa, Europe, Asia Plus Middle east, Americans ) among the list of individuals and companies that your unpaid fund has been located to the safe Bank here in Malaysia.
Your email appeared among the beneficiaries, who will receive a part-payment of your contractual sum and has been approved already for months. You are requested to get back to me for more direction and instruction on how to receive your fund with your payment reference number MYBBKL/040/BNM/011.
However, we received an email from one Mr. Virgle Lee Samples who told us that he is your next of kin and that you died in a car accident on the 18th of February 2011.
He has also submitted his account for us to transfer the fund to him including his address, we want to hear from you before we can make the transfer to confirm if you are dead or not. Please in confirmation that you are still alive, you are advised to reconfirm the below listed information to enable us facilitate an immediate payment for you.
1 Your full names
2 Your present contact address.
3 Your telephone & Fax numbers.
4 Your Occupations/age/sex.
5 Your Private Email Address.
We advise you choose a payment method from the options below and get back to us with details as we shall make payment with immediate effect.
Option 1. Affin Direct Bank to Bank Wire Transfer
Option 2. Affin Online Banking System Transfer
Once again, I apologize to you on behalf Of IMF (International Monetary Fund) for failure to pay your funds in time, which according to records in the system had been long overdue.
YOUR JOY AND SUCCESS REMAINS OUR GOAL.
FOR MORE ENQUIRIES, CALL <+60162513435>.
Nabila Binti Idrus
Director Of Operations
AFFIN BANK MALAYSIA BERHAD