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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:
- "mtcn" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "hundred thousand 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)
- 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: Elliott Harries <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2015 22:21:49 +0900 (JST)
Subject: YOUR PAYMENT IS WITH THE INTER-SWITCH COMPANY
INTERSWICH COMPANY/ UN NATIONS.
TAG/ POVERTY EMANCIPATION
YOUR PAYMENT IS WITH THE INTER-SWITCH COMPANY
This is to acquaint you on the outcome of our 1 day meeting with U.N International Financial Investigation Unit and the Association of Better Business Bureau to compensate scam victims upon due verification, we have jointly approved US$ 55.5m (FIFTY FIVE MILLION, Five hundred thousand United States Dollars) for every confirmed victim. Your E-mail address was generated through the computer ballot system as one of the selected victim to receive this compensation. However, adequate arrangement has been put in place to upload the approved payment compensation into a Platinum Card that can be accessible at any inter-switch cash machine anywhere in the world. Finally; for the purpose of proper verification of your claims, it is imperative that you furnish us with the following of your details necessary to process release/remittance of your payment:
TAKE NOTE; the compensation is free of any illegal threat, as its confirmed by the international monetary department. the UN-nations has mapped out this fund to be delivered to you,, so your fund is in care of the inter-switch master card company, they have been giving the contract and the permission to load your
fund into an ATM master card, which you can use to make an online transfer. they are now the only reliable company so far that the UN has entrusted with this huge project to carry out your fund transfer processing, since the inability of the uba banks and other banks, both the dhl, FedEx. ups to make a smooth fund transfer and delivery..
the united nations has now entrusted the INTER-SWITCH MASTERCARD COMPANY...to take charge of your fund transfer and they will also be in-charge of the delivery.
every expense has been made for the safe delivery of your ATM master card, so you will contact them and make a choice of the names you will like it to be on the master card. also they will demand for $155 for the processing of your master card. this will be all that will be required of you, and no one will ever demand for any fees from you until you receive your master card. then the company will deduct 12% for the expenses, upon the activation of your master card.
the UN will activate your card once its in your possession, a picture of you will be taking with the card when its delivered to you for confirmation.,.
you don't have to worry for any incurred fee or damage. the inter-switch company will make this delivery a success.....
SEND THE FEE TO OUR AGENT IN BENIN REPUBLIC....
RECEIVERS NAME... AMOS iFEH
COUNTRY... BENIN REPUBLIC
TEXT QUESTION... INTER
TEXT ANSWER... QUICK
Your Full Names:
Your Direct Telephone Number:
Contact Address FOR ATM DELIVERY
Photocopy of any I.D you may have:
You are expected to forward the above information to the Authorized Payment Center below:
Paying Bank: INTER-SWITCH / QUICK TELLER COMPANY
Contact OFFICE: INTER SWITCH MASTERCARD
Phone: +229 98607235
You are advised to contact the above bank with your information to enable your fund processed and released to you within the stipulated time frame.
For,United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
CALL THE OFFICE IN CHARGE IN BENIN REPUBLIC
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