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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:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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)
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Bank Of Scotland" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:46:11 -0700
Subject: REF:- INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT WITH THE SUM OF ($6,300,000.00USD)
REF:- INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT WITH THE SUM OF ($6,300,000.00USD)
This email is to notify you about the release of your outstanding payment: only US$6.3million is considered and cleared for immediate payment to you.
Note: You don't need to follow anymore instruction from any office, banks, courier companies, diplomatic agent again, because all foreign payment has been rescheduled to be paid through the CIMB BANK OF MALAYSIA for 2012, although many unpaid beneficiaries are yet to be notify about this new development for 2012, but gradually everybody would be notified and get paid with immediate effect, you are receiving this email now because you are the next beneficiary to be paid on our list.
We were meant to understand from our findings that you have been going through hard times by paying alot of charges to see to the release of your $6,300,000.00USD Which has been delayed by some miscreant elements from Nigeria, We advice that you stop further communication with any correspondence from Nigeria, because you dont need to pay anymore charges to receive your Contract/Inheritance Outstanding payment as you have meet up with the whole requirements, your representatives in Nigeria will ask you to still go ahead with them but is at your own risk.
The only thing required from you is to obtain a Non-Resident Clearance Form/Receipt which is $380 only and no more fees will be required from you again in this transaction until you receive your total sum of $6,300,000.00USD (Six Million Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). Once you pay the $380 for the Non-Resident Clearance Form/Receipt, we will quickly obtain the form on your behalf from the FIRS and our bank will be able to effect the payment of your funds to any account of your choice.
You hereby advice to provide us with any account of your choice where you will want us to remit the $6,300,000.00USD into for you.
1. Bank Name and Address.
2. Bank Account Number.
3. Account Holder's Full Name.
4. Routing Number/Swift Code (very important).
5. Your Residential Address.
6. Your mobile or home telephone Number.
7. A form of identification (I.D Card or Driver's License) is also required for official references.
Should you follow up our directives, your funds will reflect inside your account within two Bank working days. Do not go through anybody again but through this Bank if you really want to receive your fund. Respond to this e-mail ( email@example.com ) with your details required above
Mr. Derick Hulkson
Director: Foreign Operations/ Remittance,
For: CIMB Bank of Malaysia