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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "PAUL EZE" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:03:34 +0800
Subject: GOOD NEWS FROM REV. PAUL EZE2
We officially inform you that today after our last meeting with(UN,CBN,BOA AND IMF) we all agreed to release your long awaiting UNPAID CONTRACT/INHERITANCE funds worth 5. million USD without any further delay,So Kindly contact the Skye Bank Plc for your payment with the below listed information because they are the recommended paying bank on this compensation payment,
Bear in mind that we have only Two mode of payment which you are required to choose one,
(1) ATM CARD MODE OF PAYMENT.
(2) WIRE TRANSFER MODE OF PAYMENT.
Finally below is the SKYE BANK CONTACT INFORMATION;
Contact person; REV. PAUL EZE.
Tele; +234 8073783
Mr Godwin Emefiele (CBN) Governor