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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:
- "million us 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)
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 9 May 2014 23:50:58 +0100
Subject: Suggestion of Online Account from Barclays Group Chairman
Dear Valuable Customer,
May I suggest opening a Non residential accessible online account for you and discount the 10.5 Million US Dollars into the online account. This method will allow you to access balance of your account online and disburse your money to any other accounts of your choice in the world through our online page.
You should have the confidence of knowing our non residential online accessible accounts offer all the functions required for international banking, as well as meeting your day-to-day needs.
If this is acceptable by you, please send copy of your valid ID card, preferably copy of International Passport and your direct telephone number, including setup fee since we have all other information of yours.
Looking forward in hearing from you,
Sir, David Walker
Barclays Group Chairman,
1 Churchill Place, London, E14 5HP,
Registered No: 1026167 London-UK
Direct Telephone: +44 77 0000 8965 ext 001
Direct Fax No: + 44 700 6091329