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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:
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "City State Bank of Texas Inc" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 12:27:19 -0300
Subject: FROM THE CITY STATE BANK OF TEXAS.,COMFIRMATION.
HOURS:Mon- Thurs 9am- 9pm Friday 9am- 6pm Saturday 9am- 3pm Sunday 1pm- 4pm
City State Bank of Texas Inc.
59 Fourth Street North
Central City, TX 77591
Direct Office Line (1)940-603-8053
Direct Office Fax: (1)940-509-4206
This is to bring to your esteem notice, that the US Government authority, have concluded the meeting with the financial ministers and the world bank president, on this day 18th of June 2013, and the US Government authority, has advised that you should desist from dealing with Africa and England on your transaction, the US Government authority, have warned the African Government and the England Government concerning the delay activities that has been going on for long period of time. Which has been delaying you in receiving your inheritance fund due to you.
Therefore, the world bank president has signed the release of your long waiting inheritance fund, which you have been working to received for a long period of time, the US Government authority has taken over the transaction in order to help you receive your fund and the US Government authority could no long allowed your funds to be delayed by the African and England incompetents, your long waiting inheritance fund of $47,300,000.00 United State Dollars ( Forty Seven Million Three Hundred Thousand United Stated Dollars) has been deposited in this bank to immediately transfer direct to your account, you are thereby advice to reconfirm your account details immediately and your current information to this bank for the transfer of your inheritance fund. You are also advice to send the copy of your driver's license.
This bank is waiting to hear from you to enable us start the process to transfer your fund.
Mr. William E. Bennett.
Foreign Operation Manager City State Bank of Texas Inc.
Tel: + (1)940-603-8053