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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.
- +447011137826 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mark Davidson" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 18:23:34 -0800
Subject: RE: YOUR TRANSFER NOTIFICATION!!
In view of the recent G8 meeting and several Financial Summit organized by the Commonwealth in conjunction with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), London Investigation Department, European Union, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, African Union Financial Regulatory Office (AUFRO) and all other related International Financial Communities regarding the issue of maintaining standard Financial Stability and Legitimacy of Funds Movement across all continents of the world,Be informed that we received payment approvals on your name to pay you the outstanding fund of $8.5MUSD through our CLASSIFIED ATM MASTER CARD, or Internet online banking system bank to wire transfer and approved has been given to the paying Bank KAS Bank London to release this funds to you within 48 hours.
I have made it my first point of call since taking office to settle all outstanding payments accrued to individuals/corporations with respect to local and overseas contract payment, inheritance payment lottery payment, debt re-scheduling and outstanding compensation payment. This is to make sure all outstanding payments are settled before the end of the fiscal year 2014.
Note that after going through your payment files,We discovered that you have being dealing with some SACKED BANK OFFICIALS/IMPOSTORS in the past years trying to receive your approved fund but to no avail because all the money you sent to them was used for their own selfish interest and the charges was not recorded on the Bank central payment data.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ANTI-CORRUPTION ACT OF 2013,THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA MADE IT MANDATORY THAT OUR FOREIGN BENEFICIARY'S SHOULD NOT PAY ANY CENT IN RECEIVING HIS OR HER FUND.THIS IS TO RESTORE OUR GOOD IMAGE BEFORE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE.
IN VIEW OF THIS, YOU ARE WARNED TO DESIST OF CONTACTING ANY OFFICE EXCEPT THIS DEPARTMENT PAY MASTER GENERAL BRITISH FINANCE MONITORING UNIT TO AVOID FRAUD.
You are advised to kindly reply this email with the below details enclosed to help us process your payment;
(1) Full Names:
(2) Residential Address:
(3) Current Phone Number:
(5) Country of Residence:
Thanks for your co-operation as I wait to hear from you.
Dr. Mark Davidson.
Pay Master General
British Finance Monitoring Unit.
My office Tel: +447011137826