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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united state 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)
- "await your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- 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: "Dr. Felix Mark Equity," <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:15:10 -0500
Subject: Re:-Fund Transfer Notice.
SKYE BANK PLC
3,AKIN ADESOLA STREET
VICTORIA ISLAND LAGOS
Re:-Fund Transfer Notice.
We received instruction few days from our correspondence bank to
the sum of $1.5M million into your account which we are on the process
make your payment through Digital River Visa Electron Card on your name
that you can make withdrawal from any ATM machine system in your
yourself, to avoid any problem. But we were surprised this morning when
were about to load the fund into the Digital River Visa Electron Card
received another email from Ms JANE MOORE whom claim to be your
representative and forward to us the following account information for
to transfer the fund into her account. The account which she forward to
is as follow.
NAME: JANE MOORE
Bank OF America TX2-817-01-01
9308 Forest Lane, Dallas TX 75243
ROUTING # 541740162
ACCT # 488030345645
Please, Do reconfirm to us as a matter of urgency if this lady is from
and have you authorized her to receive your fund. If this lady is not
representative, you are requested to fill and send this information for
verification purpose, so that your fund value of $1.5M million united
dollars will be paid to you through Atm card method system or any mode
transfer you want it
1. YOUR FULL NAME..
2. YOUR TELEPHONE...
5. YOUR OCCUPATION....
6. YOUR ADDRESS.........
8, COPIES OF ANY OF YOUR ID.....
However, we shall proceed to issue all payment details to the said
Moore, if we do not hear from you within 24hrs from today, we will
and release the fund into Ms Jane Moore account. Confirm your receipt
this mail without delay. We await your urgent response to this e-mail
that you will be giving an immediate Attention.
Dr. Felix Mark Equity,
Director Foreign Operation Dept
Skye Bank Nigeria Plc.