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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:
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "hundred thousand u.s 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)
- "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)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Moses Taylor" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 07:24:51 -0700
Subject: CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
>From The Desk of: Moses Taylor
Citibank of America New York.
399 Park Avenue. New York,
NY 10043. USA.
Direct Line: +13475091174
Fax: 212- 355-1081
We are hereby officially notify you concerning your fund, this fund is being compensation fund for 150 scam victims which have being approve to compensate all scam victims across America, Europe & Asia in other to help improve their businesses, which has been officially approved by the management of World Bank Swiss (WBS) to pay out US$500,000.00 FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND U.S DOLLARS) through international Bank Draft.
This fund was part of the lodged Late President Saddam Hussein of Iraq discovery fund with World Bank of Switzerland, which the Swiss Bank has decided to distribute it for 150 scam victims
Also be inform that America Government and Swiss Government are aware of this compensation fund your full contact details were received from our research manager, Barr. Paul Peterson on your behalf to FRB for immediate release of your bank draft.
Therefore, you are advice to reconfirm your full information where your bank draft will be delivered.
Consequently, reconfirm the below information accurately, since this office cannot afford to be held liable for any wrong delivery of your bank draft.
1.Your Full Name
2.Your Direct Cell or office phone to reach you
3.Your address of locations
4.Your International passport or any of your identification
Finally, you are required to reconfirm directly to us the above information to enable us use to process your bank draft.
Your quick response shall be mostly appreciated; all your response should be directed through our alternative email address (email@example.com) for the immediate attention of the processing control department.
Vice Chairman, Director processing Control