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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2015 08:07:06 -0800
Subject: 2015 LAST QUARTER UNPAID FUND RECOVERED LETTER
2015 LAST QUARTER UNPAID FUND RECOVERED LETTER
This is to officially inform you that we are having our last quarter audit account and in effort to make sure that all beneficiaries receive their fund before the audit of the last quarter of 2015, This agreement came as a result of the of ultimatum given to us by the United States government, to make sure no body is own before our end of the year Account Audit.
In our efforts to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability and facilitate individual and company economic growth. The Citibank Group through our international monitoring network has recovered your UNPAID FUND that has been on hold. We hereby advise you to reconfirm your information below to enable our payment manager Ms. Barbara Desoer contact you for cash payment immediately.
The board of directors of Citibank in conjunction with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reach a resolution that you will be allowed to receive your fund after the confirmation of your below listed details.
Re-confirm as follows
(1) Your Full Name........?
(2) Full Residential Address: (P.O.BOX NOT ALLOWED)?
(4) Beneficiary Amount?
(5) Direct and Current Phone?
(6) Passport identification?
Note: The above information is necessary to certify that you are the rightful beneficiary of the said funds and as soon as we confirm these informations, our payment Manager Ms. Barbara Desoer will contact you for immediate payment.
Mr. M.L Corbat (CEO)
Chief Executive Officer