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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:
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 06:53:43 -0800
Subject: PAYMENT NOTIFICATION
We the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Investigation Bureau
Washington,DC in conjunction with other relevant Investigation agencies
,we wish to inform you that we recently received several reports through
our Global intelligence monitoring network that you have a transaction in
Africa which wasn't accomplished after series of process and required
Consequently we finally scheduled the dispatch of your funds to the
Sainsbury's Bank United Kingdom for easy transfer of this funds to your
account without hitches, this decision was made due to the rate of
corruption and scam reports perpetrated by Individuals, Offices and
Government, therefore your funds was ordered to be moved or transferred
to United Kingdom immediately.
The transfer of the fund to Sainsbury's Bank United Kingdom was
successfully executed this morning and we just received a confirmation
from the Sainsbury's Bank United Kingdom that the fund valued the sum of
£3,336,327.00 (Three Million, Three Hundred and Thirty Six Thousand, Three
Hundred Twenty Seven Pounds Sterling) was received by the Bank Management,
therefore we are official contacting you in this regard letting you know
that your funds are presently at Sainsbury's Bank United Kingdom.
Therefore you are advised to contact them immediately with the information
outlined below: Sainsbury's Bank United Kingdom Contact Person: Mr. John
McAdam Phone: +442032394533
Furthermore, you are expecting to Identify your self with this code of
conduct (CO90991031), this code was given by the General Manager of the
Bank this morning for verification or easy identification so you must use
it include your email. You will be recognized as soon as you send this
code, your full name and address to the bank's email address stated
above,you can also contact any of their telephone numbers stated above.
Finally, you are advised to completely terminated all your conversation or
correspondent with any other individual, authority or office in Africa who
claims to be in custody of your funds because your funds was official
transferred to United Kingdom this morning under our instructions. You
completely quit all conversations with any other individual or group
except the Sainsbury's Bank United Kingdom. Comply with all their
instruction and direction accordingly and they will transfer your funds
without any delay,according to their General Manager you are not going to
pay any charge for this transfer therefore adhere to their instruction to
enable them serve your fervently.
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Investigation Bureau Washington, DC