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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 09:46:56 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Your fund
ALIVE OR DEAD
In the course of our General Auditing and Account revision of the first quarter of the year 2012 ending in few days from now, we discovered that the Bank Accounts belonging to you as Benefactors have been changed on the basis that you have given out an authorization note of change of data.
Traced to your change is this Mr. Chung Lee who said you are dead, hence he has forwarded some documents of funeral service held for you as such he has been mandated to receive the fund on your behalf. He has also forwarded this bank account below as the new account that will receive this money.
Bank: Hang Seng Bank
Bank Address: 83 Des Veoux Road , Central - Hong Kong
Account Name: Mr. Chung Lee
Account Number: 235-325172-882
Bank Code: 024
Swift Code: HASEHKHH
But we wanted to confirm if actually this is true and hence decided to write to your email address which after 2 days from now and there is no response, we will then know that you are dead indeed and go on with the transfer.
If proved otherwise by you that you did not die, please forward to us all the related Benefactors particulars including your Telephone number,contact address.
These details from you will help to assist us reach a conclusion that you are not dead.
Anything contrary to this claim will help us charge this man to court and prosecute him while your fund will be paid to you immediately without any further delay.
You have to get back to us on time for us to commence legal proceedings against Mr. Chung Lee and his accomplices.
Remittance/Foreign Operation Manager
I.M.F Affiliate Office