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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:
- "transfer of your funds" (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)
- "barrister" (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.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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.
- +447043071539 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- +447024032041 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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: "Barclays Bank UK" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:03:23 -0700
Subject: INSTRUCTION ON HOW TO CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT
Barclays Bank Plc
1 Churchill Place
London, E14 5HP, United Kingdom
Tel: + 44-702-403-2041
Dear esteemed customer,
NOTICE telegraphic transfer.
We officially notify you about your presentation background Telegraph
Transfer through our bank, Barclays Bank (UK) Plc UK
bank account, which has been officially approved by the management of World
Bank Swiss (WBS) to credit the sum of $ 5.500,000.00M Dollars in your bank account.
Note that I have started processing your payment and every thing
will take place in the immediate transfer of your funds
the shortest possible time from the time we receive your required information.
It was also reported that the Governor of Barclays Bank Plc signed on its
payment notice and a copy of the information will be forwarded to the World
Bank Swiss for some record purposes. Meanwhile your information and your full
Contact details of our investigation were received by our manager, Barrister Sarah
Collins will act on your behalf to obtain an Authorization Form for non Residential premit
for the immediate release of your fund.
This fund was part of Late President Saddam Hussein of Iraq submitted
discovery fund with World Bank of Switzerland, the Swiss bank has
decided to distribute generously to help few lucky individuals and
European Union agrees with the Swiss Bank to distribute the fund to
700 thousand people in America, Europe, Asia and most Africa countries in another
to help improve their businesses.
Therefore, the following information reconfirm precisely, as this
office can not afford to be held liable for any wrong transfer of funds or
responsible for any fund credited into an unknown account.
The only thing required from you is to obtain the Non-Residential Clearance
Form to enable us credit your account directly by telegraphic transfer or
through any of our corresponding banks and send copies of the funds transfer
release documents to you and your bankers for confirmation.
Should you follow our directives, your funds will be credited and reflect in
your bank account within five (5) working day days
stating from the day you obtain the Non-Residential Clearance Form.
For more information and assistance on this Remittance Notification,
please send your
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS;
Phone and fax:
Directly to my email: email@example.com
Chief, Division of International Banking.
Barclays Bank PLC, UK