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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.
- The following fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "transferred into your bank account" (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)
- "transfer of your funds" (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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "diplomatic delivery" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- 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: US.STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 00:45:17 +0100
Subject: YOUR FUND HAS BEEN RELEASED ($20,000,000.00)
THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
J.EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE,
NW WASHINGTON, D.C
20535-0001, USA .
YOUR FUND HAS BEEN RELEASED ($20,000,000.00)
We believe this notification meets you in a very good state of mind and health.
The UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (USDJ) Washington, D.C., United States of America in conjunction with World Bank and some other relevant Investigative Agencies here in the United States have recently been informed through our Global Intelligence Monitoring Network that you have a pending fund transaction with a bank regarding an over-due inheritance / award payment which was fully endorsed to be paid in your favor.
It might interest you to know that we have taken out time in scrutinizing this whole transaction process as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have finally confirmed that The Bank of America is the authorized financial institution assigned to make your payment in line with their remittance requirements.
Several investigations by (USDJ) have shown that you have been dealing with some unauthorized persons and Diplomatic Delivery Agency of these funds to your Mailing Address.
Our US attaché agency recently had a meeting with the management of BANK OF AMERICA, headed by (MR. BRIAN T. MOYNIHAN) regarding your case and they made us to understand that your file has been held in a base pending when you personally file your claims.
They intimated him on the problem they are facing right now which is that some unscrupulous element are using this project as an avenue to exploit innocent people of their hard earned money by impersonating as staffs of banks, Homeland Security, FBI, etc. and its affiliates.
Most importantly, we advise that you discontinue further dealings with any person or organization posing as staff or affiliate of any bank or agency concerning the transfer of your funds.
In your own interest, you are advised to immediately contact BANK OF AMERICA on the following details for the onward remittance of your funds.
CONTACT PERSON: Mr. Brian T. Moynihan
ADDRESS: 505 Whmite Plains Rd, Tarrytown NY 10591
Ensure that you comply with all their remittance procedures and also furnish them with your full details. We urge you to keep this information to yourself until your fund is finally transferred into your bank account for security reasons.
WE WANT YOU TO RECONFIRM THE INFORMATION BELOW.
1) Your full name and address.
2) Phones, fax and mobile number.
3) Profession, age and marital status.
4) Copy of any valid form of your identification.
5) Your nationality:USA
6) Your bank details, to enable them in their verification process before the release of your funds.
Stuart F. Delery
Acting Associate (A G U S)
Stuart F. Delery
Deputy Attorney General of the United States