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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:
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "cotonou" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Robert Eze <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Robert Eze <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:50:50 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attn: Dear fund owner:
Â From Desk of Mr. Robert Eze the C.E.O of ,(DBB) DIAMOND BANK PLC Cotonou , Benin Head Office. ONLINE TRANSFERRED PAYMENT DEPARTMENT. Date: Thursday. 26th/09/2014
Attn: Dear fund owner:
I am back from UK yesterday been Thursday ahead of today Friday to transfer some part of your payment which was deposited here by (DBB) Diamond Bank General Attorney Barr. Ashley Metu to be transfer to you via online banking. your fund to be transfer through (DBB) Diamond Bank Plc Benin Republic directs to your overseas account Under the Desk of Dr. Edward Williams Jr, Diamond Bank Plc Director.
Note that they will first transfer this, $25.4Million) Twenty Five Million Four Hundred Thousand United state Dollars. Therefore Contact them now for more procedure.
Note that he may require from you below Data for urgent procedure.
(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Home Address:
(3) Phone, Fax and Mobile :
(4) Company Name:
(5) Bank Name:
Below is their Contact address and E-mail:
Chose option: Online transfer, Atm master card
Diamond Bank Plc Director Dr. Edward Williams Jr Benin Rep. West Africa States.Telephone; +229-6865- 3182 Email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Your Deposit Registration Code is (#01144) $25.4Million) Twenty Five Million Four Hundred Thousand United state Dollars. The only money you will pay them is their opening of new online Bank Account Charges of also the delivery charge of an atm card (US$255.00) and it is compulsory, note that there is nothing like deduct so bear it in mind okay, so that they will transfer it into the new account.
Please Indicate the Deposit Code of (#01144) to them when contacting or calling them.Inform me as soon as they start transferring your fund.Thank you.
Sign and Approved By:The Federal Government of Benin Republic