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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 fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "first national bank" (not involved with lotteries)
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "power of attorney" (with your bank details and a power of attorney form criminals sometimes empty bank accounts)
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "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.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "MR.JUDE ISIAKA" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:21:39 -0800
Subject: CLAIM'S OF YOUR FUND VALUED US$6.5 MILLION BY SOME RE-PRESENTATIVES.
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE.
P.M.B. 14, Garki, Abuja
Mobile Tel:+234 812 7273265
Dated This Day: 24/02/2012
CLAIM'S OF YOUR FUND VALUED US$6.5 MILLION BY SOME RE-PRESENTATIVES.
Good Day to you and your family as i bring to you greetings in the name of the LORD.I do like to let you know that a power of attorney and an Application Letter of Change of Ownership has been forwarded to my office by MR. IBRAHIM MAL ALLA HAMMAD BIN HAMMAD AL SABRI a Citizen of DUBAI,U.A.E,he claimed to be from you and and also stated that you sent him to receive these fund on your behalf.I want you to know that your Registered Previous Personal Details which is now in my Office was forwarded to me by the Central Bank Governor and the Transfer
Unit as well.This man claimed to be the representative of your Family, and this power of attorney stated that you have died, they brought an account to replace your informations and claimed your fund of $US6.5 Million which is right now put on HOLD in an Online Account that was setup for these gentleman and the fund is with the First National Bank Branch In Lagos Nigeria,and its highly secured and protected by a high level security which makes nobody to withdraw any money from the account until you or your family members confirms that you are alive and also that these man is not from you.
ACCOUNT WHERE THESE MAN(YOUR RE-PRESENTATIVES) CHOOSED TO MAKE ONLINE TRANSFER:
BANK NAME:- STANDARD BANK OF DUBAI
NAME OF ACCOUNT: IBRAHIM MAL ALLA HAMMAD BIN HAMMAD AL SABRI
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 2984-0008-660.
SWIFT CODE: BOPIPHMM.
AMOUNT FOR TRANSFER: US$6.5 MILLION.
Be further informed that this power of attorney also stated that you suffered and died of a throat cancer.All you just have to do is for you to confirm if you are really alive,because its sound furious that such kind of a thing just happened ,I was Instructed to find out if it really happens or not before the fund will be transfered to them.
Please these email demands urgent response as whoever do read these if its you or a family Member or Friend who has access to your email address ,should respond immediately.
You are therefore given 48hrs to confirm the truth in this information if you are still alive by responding back immediately so that these office can know what actions to be taken,because they are just insisting that we ORDER out the transfer of which we are writting to you now on their absent to confirm if you
are still alive.Since no response from you all these while on how you can get your fund released to you, we are now suspecting that it might be true and funny that something strange might have happened and that the story might be true, because the only evidence now is you or your family members contacting these office now and confirming if these people are from you,or else we will transfer the fund to them.
Kindly Provide the following details for immediate actions to be carried out:
1:Your full names:
2:Your Complete address:
3:Your age and sex:
6: Your I.D CARD/INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT.
Note: In case of any questions from you or your family members that reads these email,call should be made direclt to my office mobile number:+234 812 7273265.You or your family members should forward to me emails been received from those IMPOSTERS for adequate investigations to be carried out. You or your family members that reads these email should respond back as i await immediate response.