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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.
- 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 (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Ms. Mary M. Gambo" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:11:42 +0100
Subject: YOU MONEY HAS BEEN DEPOSITED,KINDLY CONTACT ACCESS BANK PLC.
This is to notify you that your US$15.5Million has been deposited with Access Bank Plc in Barnesville, Georgia on your behalf as compensation/ accrue interest of the money you lost in scam.The IMF Auditors are presently sitting in the United States for the Second quarter supervising payment of foreign beneficiaries. This supervision exercise was part of the agreement signed at the last G-8 meeting held in Washington between the UN,IMF,US Government and The Ministry of Finance. Our legal department shall handle most important and vital aspect of it all, which is the legal angle of claim
You are hereby advice to contact Access Bank Plc For your online bank account details, and make sure you abide with their instructions and do provide them with every detail they may ask of you, to enable them finalize your online wire transfer (OWT) particulars in order for you to start transferring your Funds to any designated bank account of your choice.
AMD: Robbie Tenney
Mr. Herbert Wigwe, FCA - Group Managing Director
308 Thomaston Street
Post Office Box 340
Barnesville, Georgia 30204
Fax: 1-530-690-8021 OR 1-928-396-9686
Ms. Mary M. Gambo