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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. John Abraham" (may be fake)
Reply-To: < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 02:23:35 -0400
Subject: Please reply urgently
With all due respect Sir I wish you reply to this information immediately to avoid any mistake. We shall need the records to be put straight so treat this mail urgently.
Under the United Nations scam victims rehabilitation scheme, we have received an official notification on your behalf from MR RONALD MOUTON of CARNSHALLOCH AVENUE PATNA AYRSHIRE SCOTLAND who claimed that you have authorized him to handle everything concerning the release of your scam
victims' award by the WEST AFRICAN REGION IN CONJUNCTION WITH UNITED NATIONS for the sum of USD2.85 MILLION. He has confirmed to us that you are presently down in health and cannot process your award.
But considering the nature of our Official services here, we deem it necessary that we should get in touch with you first for confirmation before we can proceed with his request. We need your prompt instruction in writing to us and copy of your authority letter to him to act on your behalf to
enable us proceed with him in this matter.
Please reconfirm this account detail sent by him immediately thus:-
NAME; RONALD MOUTON
BANK NAME: BANK OF AMERICA
ACCOUNT NAME: SUZANNE MOUTON
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 586012358866
ROUTING NUMBER: 113000023
SWIFT CODE: BOFAUS3N
NOTE: The release of the fund will be fixed as soon as we receive your prompt response to this message, therefore, it is very important that you should get in touch with us for immediate confirmation. Please reply urgently if you did not give Mr. Roland this authority via the email below.
Contact officer: MR John Abraham
Email; ( email@example.com )
My name is John Abraham and I work with the federal ministry of finance as inspector grade 1 but presently representing my country in this project. Please note that you are not required to make any payment on this claim except USD195 being the cost of application for change account. All payments
are routed through HSBC Dublin or UN correspondence bank in Italy.
Reply urgently as the payments must be made before the yuletide xtmas.
Thanks and best regards.
Mr. John A. Abraham