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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 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.
Fraud email example:
From: Mark Ekezie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Mark Ekezie <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:05:19 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: YOUR FUND TRANSFER OF US$18.3M./ DID YOU AUTHORIZE MRS. JANET
Re: YOUR FUND TRANSFER OF US$18.3M./ DID YOU AUTHORIZE MRS. JANET WHITE?
THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU THAT YOUR OVER DUE FUND TRANSFER HAS BEEN APPROVED TO BE RELEASED, VIA KEY TELEX TRANSFER (KTT) - DIRECT WIRE TRANSFER TO YOU BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE FOR FOREIGN OVERDUE FUND TRANSFER. IN THE MEANTIME, A MIDDLE AGED WOMAN CAME TO MY OFFICE FEW DAYS AGO WITH A LETTER, CLAIMING TO BE YOUR TRUE REPRESENTATIVE, SHE APPLIED FOR THE FUNDS TO BE RELEASED TO HER.
FIND HER PERSONAL INFORMATION BELOW FOR YOUR RECONFIRMATION:NAME: JANET WHITE Â BANK NAME: WASHINGTON MUTUALBANK ADDRESS: 19507 INTERSTATE 45 SOUTH SPRING, TX 77388, USAACCOUNT NUMBER: 4212432927ROUTING NUMBER: 111993776
KINDLY CONFIRM TO THIS OFFICE, AS A MATTER OF URGENCY IF THIS WOMAN WAS SENT BY YOU, SO THAT THE PAYING BANK WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING INTO THE WRONG HANDS AND ACCOUNT.
THE SENATE COMMITTEE FOR FOREIGN OVERDUE TRANSFER FUND AND FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE (FMF) HAS BEEN DIRECTED TRANSFER OF ALL UNPAID FOREIGN FUNDS THIS QUARTER.
HOWEVER, IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE RECONFIRMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FROM YOU WITHIN THE NEXT 5 WORKING DAYS FROM TODAY, WE SHALL PROCEED TO ISSUE ALL PAYMENTS DETAILS TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE MR JANET WHITE Â .AND YOU ADVICE TO GET BACK TO US WITH YOUR FULL DATA TO PROCEED
1).FULL NAME:(2)DELIVERY ADDRESS:(3).PHONE NUMBER(4).COUNTRY:(5).OCCUPATION:(6).SEX:(7).AGE:
Your replies to my private Â E-mail;Â
WE AWAIT YOUR MOST URGENT RESPONSE.CAN AS WELL CALL ME ON +2348182992479
MR.MARK EKEZIE.(SENATE COMMITTEE CONSULTANT ON BANKING AND FINANCIAL MATTERS)