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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:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: john william-DR <email@example.com>
Reply-To: john william-DR <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 19:56:30 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Re: YOUR ATTENTION IS URGENTLY NEEDED
FROM THE OFFICE OF DIRECTOR FOR FOREIGN REMITTANCE/FUND
OFFICE ADDRESS: 21 GOV ROD CA JACKSON 2 COTONOU BENIN
We have received an official notification this morning from MR. ANDREW M.BORIS, who claimed that you have authorized him to handle and settle everything concerning the release of your over due Funds payment valued $40.5Million (US DOLLARS) as he confirmed to us with some photographs that you are now in the Hospital taking care of your illness, but in consideration to the nature of our Official services here, we deem it necessary to get in touch with you first on E-mail for proper confirmation before proceeding to his request.
Therefore, we need your prompt instruction to proceed with him in this matter or not. Below are the Bank account details that he has submitted already to my table for the purpose of remitting the funds to him:-
BANK NAME: BANK OF AMERICA
BANK ADDRESS: 421 FAYETTEVILLE ST, RALEIGH, NC 27601-1792
ACCOUNT NAME: ANDREW M.BORIS
ADDRESS: 14626 BRIDLE TRACE LANE PINEVILLE, NC 28134-9141
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 586012358866
ROUTING NUMBER: 113000023
SWIFT CODE: BOFAUS3N
NOTE: The release of the fund will be fixed as soon as we receive your prompt response to this message therefore, it is very important that you get in touch with your data for immediate confirmation before what belong to you will change to someone else.
Get back to me as fast as you can either by mail or call as soon as you receive this message today and don't fail because the release of your funds payment has been mandated. Thanks and best regards.
Dr. John William
Director for Foreign Remittance Committee