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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:
- "into your nominated bank account" (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)
- "million 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)
- "fund beneficiary" (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.
- 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: "World Bank Group" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:11:08 -0000
Subject: Re:Respond Immediately.
WORLD BANK AUDITOR GENERAL
Phone Number: +234-8039-629551
ATTENTION: RELEASE NOTICE OF YOUR FUND
Good Day To You: Fund Beneficiary
This is to notify you that your fund $9.500.000.00 Million Dollars has Been approved this morning by the United Homeland security Department/United Nation Organization, contact for further instructions for the release of your fund or call +2347043717648
Note that this Transaction is Legal and approve by the United Nation Department Of Beneficiary Funds, and also your Payment was approve as a international Compensation Beneficiary here in World Bank Group.
You are advice to Contact Us here Immediately on how your Fund is to be Transfer into your Nominated Bank Account within 48Hours Banking Hours without any Further Delay.
Method Of Payment
Bank To Bank Wire Transfer
Visa ATM Card ( Fedex Delivery To Your Doorstep )
HSBC Bank Draft
Fill Below Information:
As soon as your Information is been receive here in Our Office we will proceed with the Transfer of your Fund into your Nominated Bank Account Immediately.
Mr James Freeland
World Bank Auditor General