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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "atm payment department" (this phrase is often used in the ATM card payment scam)
- "atm card department" (this phrase is often used in the ATM card payment scam)
- "swift card payment center" (this phrase is often used in the ATM card payment scam)
- "million 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)
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: Larry Moore <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Larry Moore <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:38:20 +0900 (JST)
Subject: CONTACT ATM DEPARTMENT FOR YOUR PAYMENT IMMEDIATELY.
NOW WE HAVE ARRANGED YOUR PAYMENT OF ($2.8 Million USD)UNITED STATES DOLLARS THROUGH SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER ASIA PACIFIC,THIS DEPARTMENT WILL SEND YOU AN ATM CARD,WHICH YOU WILL USE TO WITHDRAW YOUR MONEY IN ANY ATM MACHINE IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD, BUT THE MAXIMUM IS TEN THOUSAND, UNITED STATES DOLLARS PER DAY UNTIL YOUR FUNDS OF $2.8 Million DOLLARS WILL FINISHED THE ATM CARD YOU WILL USE IT TO WITHDRAW YOUR MONEY EVERY DAY,SO IF YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE YOUR FUND IN THIS WAY OR BY BANK TO BANK,PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY CONTACTING ATM CARD DEPARTMENT CENTER FOR THE RELEASE YOUR ATM CARD TO YOU AND ALSO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS LISTED BELOW.
1.YOUR FULL NAME
2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS.
4.YOUR CURRENT HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER.
5.YOUR CURRENT OFFICE TELEPHONE.
HOWEVER,KINDLY CONTACT THE BELOW PERSON WHO IS IN POSITION TO RELEASE YOUR ATM PAYMENT CARD.
CONTACT PERSON:,MR LARRY MOORE
DIRECTOR,ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT
TEL:+229 987 427 88
THE ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER HAS BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE OUT YOUR PAYMENT AND YOU HAVE TO STOP ANY FURTHER COMMUNICATION WITH ANY OTHER PERSON(S) OR OFFICE(s) TO AVOID ANY HITCHES IN RECEIVING YOUR PAYMENT.NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF IMPOSTORS,WE HERE BY ISSUED YOU OUR CODE OF CONDUCT,WHICH IS (ATM-0511) SO YOU HAVE TO INDICATE THIS CODE WHEN CONTACTING THE CARD CENTER BY USING IT AS YOUR SUBJECT.
MR LARRY MOORE