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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.
Fraud email example:
From: RICK RUZZI <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: RICK RUZZI <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:08:33 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: US BANK
U.S. Bank1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 510. Washington, DC 20036SWIFT (US): Â USBKUS44XXXFounded: United States of AmericaHours: Open 24 Hours
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Â After today's board meeting of the management of this bank, States Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service of the United States (IRS), The Reserve Bank and the World Bank Directorate it was gathered that your overdue compensation fund worth US$5 Million has been deposited with this bank for onward payment/ transfer to your designated/choose bank account. the reason for this is because your name is among the scam victims that lost a lot of money to African and European Fraudsters, you are hereby advised without delay to stop all contact going on between you and anybody on Internet because you will end up at nothing.
RE-CONFIRM YOUR BELOW DETAILS.
Your Full Name__________________________
Your Residential Address________________
Your Sex/ Age___________________________
Next of Kin_____________________________
Next of Kin Telephone/Fax_______________
Do not send money upfront to anyone from Europe or African for whatsoever reason. The US bank will immediately remit your account once you reconfirm your banking details.
Your utmost response is needed to enable us proceed with your payment.
We are looking forward to hear from you.
Thank you for choosing US Bank.
Yours Faithfully,Mr. Rick RuzziExecutive Region ManagerUS BANK