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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Michael Dillon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2014 07:10:41 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: update your account
Accounts Manager, & Treasury Officer,
Kindly forward ASAP the payment remittance slip for verifications and updates urgently and accordingly, for payments made for the months of February,March and April 2014, air navigation, en route and terminal charges to EUROCONTROL.
We wish to use this medium to inform you of the change in our account details for all EUROCONTROL payments,the change was as result to on going accounts auditing due to slight logistics problems.the NEW BANKING ACCOUNT DETAILS of EUROCONTROL will be communicated to you pror to the next payment run to avoid a failure or return of your funds on the arrival of the next payments.we are sorry for the inconveniences , these might cause you. please bear with us.
We will await for your immediate response.
Collection of Charges
Rue de la Fusee 96
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