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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:
- ",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)
- 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.
- +447031975765 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "SC Bank" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "SC Bank" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 06:31:38 -0500
Your partner keep sending us letter that you can't come to United Kingdom to sign your funds release, we have also receive letter from your partner who have given us date of coming to United Kingdom to sign collection of your funds.
Without your present, the funds will not be release to anyone. Make a date and come to United Kingdom.
Your funds have long over due stayed in our security vault room which is attached on the link: www.sc.com/vault-pictures
If you are having problem to view the pictures on the link then we will resend to you via attached email.
USD$1,000,000.00 million have been transfer to your partner account successfully which the transfer officer is facing problem with the board of management.
I don't know how you got the total USD$5,000,000.00 million on your name which is not my business but we can't allow your partner to continue transferring your funds without your present or permission.
For and on Behalf of the SC Bank And
United Overseas Bank Group
19 Great Winchester St, London EC2N 2BH United Kingdom
Tel: +44 7031975765