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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Chase" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 23:13:22 +0100
Subject: Important Security Alert on your Chase Account
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Important Security Alert on
your Chase Account
For your protection, transactions on your account
may be limited until you are able to confirm your identity. We realize that
this precaution may cause you some inconveniences; however keeping your
account safe is one of our top priorities.
We identified several failed login attempts on the online access of
your chase account with us.
For this reason and to further protect your identity , we immediately require that you reconfirm your
details here under
Chase Online Account Security
ABOUT THIS MESSAGE
This service message was delivered to you as a Chase Account Holder to provide you with account updates and information on
your account benefits. Chase values your privacy and your preferences.
Your personal information is protected by our state-of-the-
Chase Privacy Operations, 451 Florida Street, Fourth Floor, LA2-9376, Baton
Rouge, LA 70801.
© 2014 JPMorgan Chase &