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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:
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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.
- +447024024485 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "Harrods Bank London"<email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11:38:24 +0000
A subsidiary of Harrods Stores in Knightsbridge
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL
AUTHORISED AND REGULATED BY THE FINANCIAL SERVICE AUTHORITY
Attention: Award Winner,
This is to inform you once again that Your email address have won the sum of £350,000 GBP (Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pound Sterling) in our just concluded Third-Quarter Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award, Which is fully based on an electronic random selection.
This payment will be programmed into an Automated Teller Machine (ATM Card) powered by MasterCard and will be delivered to your contact address by courier service.
You are required to confirm and forward to my desk the following important delivery information:
1. Your required name to be printed on your ATM card:
2. Your present resident delivery addresses (not P.O. box):
3. Your personal and reachable mobile phone number:
I anticipated your urgent response to this vital message.
Mr. Tyn Williams.
Director International Remittance
Phone: +44 702 402 4485
IMPORTANT: This transmission may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable laws. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the information contained herein (including any reliance thereon) is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If you received this transmission in error, please immediately contact the sender and destroy the material in it's entirety, whether it is electronic or hard copy format
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