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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "into your nominated bank account" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Petra Villegas" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Petra Villegas" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:53:19 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Approval Order With Release Code: FBI/3480/02/00
Â Attn. Dear Valued Customer
It is my pleasure to inform you that the latest development regarding Â
the news from the President of United State of America (Barrack Obama) Â
to release all foreign transaction without any further delay.The Â
United Nations in conjunction with Federal Investigation Department / Â
The U.S.A Government do here by give this irrevocable Approval Order Â
With Release Code: FBI/3480/02/00 to release your fund valued Â
$10.500.000 US dollar to you through Financial Bank of West African Â
States Benin Republic.
Contact the below person who is in position to release your fund into Â
your destination bank account within 48hours, Director General Â
Mr.Richard Pallmall, Foreign Remittance Financial Bank of West African Â
States Email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) Phone :(+229) 685 495 09, Â
you are require to forward the below information?s to them to avoid Â
Transfer your funds to a wrong person.
(1)Your bank name ________
(2)Beneficiary name __________
(3)Your account number: ________
(4)Routing number: _______________
(5)Your bank address: _______________
(6)Your home address: _______________
(7)Your age and occupation ___________
(8)A copy of your _______________
(9)Direct Phone Number____
(10) Your home number __________
(11)Your Email address _________
(12) Your Country __________
Please forward the following information?s to them now in there email Â
I Gave to you and let me know when you do so and also when you receive Â
your funds in your bank account, also the beneficiary will be Â
responsible for the transfer fee.
Be informed that we have paid the bank for the open of a new account Â
fee and they are waiting for you now to transfer your money directly Â
into your nominated bank account in your country and you will receive Â
your fund from Financial Bank of West African States. Please make sure Â
you don?t make any mistake with that information so that they will not Â
transfer your Funds to a wrong person ok.
I Wish You Good Luck.