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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:
- "greater london" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- 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.
- +447045729053 (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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "NATWEST BANK PLC" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 01:43:47 -1200
Subject: Re-Fund On Transit valued Gbp:900,000.00
NatWest Bank Plc
39-45 Tottenham Court Rd,
Greater London W1T 2EA,
Re-Fund On Transit valued Gbp:900,000.00
We have been trying to reach you for some time now, your silence has
caused many damages as Mr. JHANDOO RAM BOODRAM, a British Citizen who
claims to be your representative, assigned and authorized by you for the
claim of your fund awaiting transfer into his nominated bank account. He
said that you had an Accident and could not proceed and claim this fund.
He also submitted his bank account information below;
MY DETAILS AS REQUESTED:-
BENEFICIARY : JHANDOO RAM BOODRAM
BANK NAME: SANTANDER
BANK ADDRESS: 9 NELSON STREET, BRADFORD, BD1 5AN
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 26057610
SORT CODE: 09-01-28
SWIFT CODE: GBABBY2L
You are advised to confirm the true status of the documents that was submitted on your behalf to enable us proceed with the transfer of this
fund into his Bank account. If we do not hear from you in Three (3) working days, we shall conclude that you authorized Mr. JHANDOO RAM
BOODRAM to claim his fund and the fund will be transfer into his bank account. DID YOU AUTHORISE HIM TO DIVERT YOUR FUND INTO HIS BANK
ACCOUNT? Reply via email and call me in receipt of this email for more information in details.
Reconfirm your Mobile/Direct phone Number Payment can be made via telegraphic transfer, Online banking, certify bank
draft, the choice is yours.
Also reconfirm your full mailing address for the dispatching of the original document to you via courier
and also provide your current BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION for transferring your fund into your bank account. This process will take only 3 working days.
We sincerely regret the delay in releasing your fund, be rest assured of prompt payment. If for any reason we did not hear from you, we will
assume that Mr JHANDOO RAM BOODRAM is working on your authority, therefore comply as urgent as possible.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Mr. Andy Hanson
Private email: email@example.com
Natwest Bank London