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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:
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Kingsley Moghalu" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:02:57 -0000
Subject: Contact Dr.Kingsley Moghalu Of Central Bank Of Nigeria a (Very Urgent)
OFFICE OF Central Bank-Nigeria
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
Aso Rock villa, Asokoro District, Abuja
ALIVE OR DEAD
In the course of our General Auditing and Account revision of the First quarter of the year 2013 ending within few days from now, we discovered that the Bank Accounts belonging to some Benefactors have been changed on the basis that the owners have died some time last two weeks or have given out an authorization note of change of data.
After the investigations, however,it was revealed that there are Foreigners who are collaborating with Retired Staffs to make these changes illegally without the knowledge of the Bonafide Benefactors and one traced to your own change is this Mr Rick Jones who said you are dead, hence they have forwarded some documents of funeral service held for you so as to divert your fund. They have also forwarded to this office 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: Rick Jones
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. Rick Jones and his accomplices. Attached here are the pictures he presented that you are dead.
We do await your positive response.
THANKS AND WAITING TO RECEIVE THE PAYMENT INFORMATION.
THANKS AND REMAIN BLESSED.
Dr. Kingsley Moghalu
Financial System Stability
Will Need Courage