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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:
- "top of the day to you" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "offshore account" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- 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.
- +447053826048 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: James Anderson <infodesk@HSBCCooperationbanklondon.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2013 01:20:10 +0300
Top of the day to you and your family+®
HSBC Co-operation Group.
Address: HSBC Holdings plc
8 Canada Square London E14 5HQ
Direct Tel:+44-792-450-4146Or :++44-705-382-6048
REF: BBL/IRD/CGX/HSBC/ABY/NRI/ACCT: 00/17/08/30/04
Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2013.
Dear Sir/ Beneficiary,
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this mail finds you in an excellent condition of health. I am Mr. James Anderson. The Executive Head offshore account department at HSBC Bank Plc London, personally I communicated with you to disclose a mutual outstanding transaction which will benefit us about $125,000,000 (One Hundred And Twenty-five Million U.S Dollars) within the next weeks as soon as you are willing and ready to co-operate in this transaction.
During the auditing and closing of all financial records at the HSBC Account Department 2012 annual Debit and deposited fund confirmation, it was discovered from the records of outstanding Investment fund deposited by a foreign Investor (Mr. F.JOEL WAWORUNDENG ) this Investor deposited the sum $125,000,000 (One Hundred And Twenty-five Million U.S Dollars)has been floating since 2009 with HSBC Bank Plc ,Offshore Investment account and after my Investigations to locate the beneficiary (Mr.F.JOEL WAWORUNDENG) Address at Indonesia to found out this man was among the people who died at the Tsunami disaster in 2011 ,Also all efforts to get the relatives of this beneficiary was abortive.
On a second attempt,I also review the offshore Investment documentations which was deposited at my department and also confirm that this fund was deposited as Investment Lodgment deposit by the contractor whereby the customer have not registered anybody/company name as next of kin to this fund. Prior to my confirmation on this Investment fund documentation I realized on the documentation that this fund was not declared to the British Government during the time of deposit by the deceased beneficiary.
I therefore seek your assistance to stand as his next of kin for this Investment fund, Since all documentations and proof of this deposited fund are on my department we can put a claim proposal letter to HSBC Bank, to re-claim the deposited funds through the British International Investment proclamation ACT which will enable the HSBC London to release and transfer the heir/ fund to your Bank account.
Moreover, with my position at HSBC account Department we can successfully claim the fund and you will get 40% = US$50,000,000 (Fifty Million U.S Dollar) of the $125,000,000 (One Hundred And Twenty-five Million U.S Dollars)as your personal share and I will get 60% as my share .
The claim process for this transaction will commence as soon as you are willing and ready to keep this deal confidential so we can work together, the fund will be transferred to your designated Bank account by as soon as you start the claim process at the account department.
I will fill you in with further details upon your reply .You can call me directly on this private telephone number so that we can discuss more on how to transfer this funds to your designated account in your country .Tel:+44-792-450-4146 Or :++44-705-382-6048
IMPORTANT:Strictly send your response to Email:email@example.com
I look forward to your affirmative response.
Mr. James Anderson
Head offshore Banking and Investment Dept.
Computer & IT Director
HSBC Co-operation, Liverpool
Branch office London.
Make It A Great Day! And Treat As Confidential
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