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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.
- 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.
- +447010057795 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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 (O2, Poland; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs M. Jimmy" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:50:41 +0530
Subject: RELEASE CODE No::#UKB6AUW7 PAYMENT
(INTERNATIONAL FUNDS TRANSFER / AUDIT UNIT)
UK REGIONAL HEADQUARTER
RELEASE CODE No:#UKB6AUW7
Beneficiary Email id owner.
This is to officially bring to your notice that The ATM card payment center (Standard Chartered Bank London) Accountant Director Mr.TOMSON REYMOND has been given express instruction to issue out in your favor the sum of $US1.920,000.00 in ATM Master Card functional in Any automatic Machine as your wining payment for this Fiscal year 2013 this instructions is from the custody of the United Nation representative office UK this is for abbreviation of the rate of poverty as we saw your name on our list of people whom have not received their funds.
The Standard Chartered Bank London informed International Monetary Funds Unit UK, The payment has been approved by us to be release to you as we notice your payment has been delayed by uncertain reasons which has just been res olved by us through our power so you are free to receive your funds now.
We hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (ATM-UNO-9623) so You have to indicate this code when contacting the card Issuance Center with your contact details as stated below,You are hereby adhere to contact the Standard Chartered Bank London with the information below as soon as you receive this email for immediate release of your payment to you so that you can be the second beneficiary to receive its fund since the paying office have alots of beneficiary to pay as directed by (UNO/UNCC).
Identity Card if any have no copy:
Below is Standard Chartered Bank London ATM Card issuance center contact information contact them now for the immediate release of your payment to you since it has been approved by United Nations and World Compensation meanwhile do not be taken unaware that all the necessary document backing the fund up has been forwarded to the custody of the paying bank to ensure smooth release of your $US1.920,000.00 to you as directed by us.
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK PAYMENT DEPT
CONTACT PERSON::MR.. TOMSON REYMOND
CALL THE BANK AT::+44-7010057795
Do let us know immediately you have contacted Standard Chartered Bank London for your payment for more advise as we are keeping close on them to ensure you are paid as soon as possible, Meanwhile do not forget your Code of Conduct (ATM-UNO-9623) when contacting the bank as it is very important.
Note::The reason you are receiving this notification in your mailbox is because We found your name in our list of people their payment has been delayed so we decide to intervene and help you get paid which we have done.
2013 Zonal co-ordinator
Signed Mrs M. Jimmy