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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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: johnsonde nnisjohnson <email@example.com>
Reply-To: johnsonde nnisjohnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:39:46 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: FRANK BAILEY(get back to me toda
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â PLEASE ARE YOU DEAD OR A LIVE.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â TELL, 41435083297
i am Dr Dennis Johnson the director debt reconciliation committee all over the wold under the UN IN SWITZERLAND.
today from ourÂ central computer, we found out you have an unpaid fund, and one man Mr SAMI AHMED ABBAS ZAMKAH from CANADA came to our office asking for a change of ownership of your fund in his name that your dead it is true or not, ?
further, this is his bank information which he ask us to transfer your fund into.
BANK NAME AND ADDRESS: AL-RAJHI BANK - JEDDAH (AL-SAMER BRANCH # 46300)
ACCOUNT NAME: SAMI AHMED ABBAS ZAMKAH
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 463608010121507
BENEFICIARY: SAMI AHMED ABBAS ZAMKAH
SWIFT CODE: NO NEED
IBAN NUMBER:Â SA668000046360801012150
finally, please contact us soon if you are still a live ok, before your fund will be transferred into his bank account.
Please reply me through this my private email
DR DENNIS JOHNSON.