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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united states dollars" (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)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- "foreign remittance department" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: US BANK FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:01:19 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: RE:INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT WITH $32MILLION DOLLAR
US BANK FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
VIRGINIA BEACH,VG 91761 UNITED STATE
TEL: +1323 2095327
We Acting on our capacity as the US Bank Foreign Remittance Department USA,Your inheritance fund has been approved by the United State Government in conjunction with the United compensation commission, due to the past transaction with some Africa's which valued Thirty two Million United States Dollars (US32 Million), This is to officially notify you that your overdue compensation /inheritance fund has been approved to be release to you via foreign remittance department of our Bank,
This is to inform you that after numerous meeting and deliberation with executives board of directors,and management decide to know if you instructed Mrs.Cynthia Edward to claim your fund,Mrs. Cynthia Edward came to my office to let us know that you are dead,
Â (i) Did you authorize Mrs. Cynthia Edward to come for your claims?
Â (ii) Are you truly Dead OR Alive?
If(NO) you are hereby advice you as a matter of urgency to reconfirm the details of this message within 48hours, hence your funds shall be wired into her account without any more delay, please, do confirm to this bank as a matter of urgency if this woman is from You so that our bank will not be held responsible for wrongful payment or unlawful divert ion of your overdue fund into a wrong account.Which she claims to be your business partner, so if you are one that instructed her bank needs your attention on this issue to enable us release your Thirty two Million United States Dollars (US32 Million),to her without delay.
Â Meanwhile, you are advice to contact this bank immediately reconfirming to us the following details for us to cross check and process your payment,
Â ( 1 ) YOUR FULL NAME ...........
Â ( 2 ) CONTACT ADDRESS.............
Â ( 3 ) PHONE NUMBER...........
Â ( 4 ) OCCUPATION..............
Â ( 5 ) DATE OF BIRTH..........
Â ( 6 ) STATE AND COUNTRY........
Â ( 7 ) OCCUPATION/ POSITION HELD:
Â ( 8 ) COMPANY NAME:
It is important that you email me back so that I will table this issue in the bank that you have replied to claim your fund. call me immediately you receiver this mail TEL:+1323 2095327 or email(williamsgeorge525@yahoo. com.hk )
Â TREAT AS URGENT.Get back to us as soon as possible.
Â Yours faithfully
Â Mr.George Williams
Â Direct Tel: 1323 2095327
Â U.S.B.Corporation US Bank