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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:
- "you are advise to" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Fortune Owen <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 07:45:19 -0500
My name is MR FORTUNE OWEN Director International financial Crime Commission and Security Transaction under the International Monetary Fund (IMF), My office is attach with Lloyds Bank UK to Monitor all foreign approved funds under the United Nations Debt Payment commission in collaboration with WORLD BANK.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank consulted with the Lloyds Bank UK to use their Online Transfer Facilities to pay you your approved fund of US$5.6M and my office is mandated by the IMF/WORLD BANK to monitor the payment exercise.
Lloyds Bank will open a temporary e-payment online transfer and issued you Username and Password which you will use to login into they online access and make transfer to your accounts, you will only make transfer online to the accounts you submitted to the bank which will be duly programmed for the online transfer.
Therefore you are requested to send the following informations to me which I will submit to the Lloyds Bank for the e-payment online transfer processing.
1, Your Full Name
2, Your Address
3, Your I.D and 4x4 copy of your passport photograph
4, Your occupation.
You are advise to stop all further communications with any bank or organization whom you have been dealing with before and focus your attention with our office and the Lloyds Bank
MR Fortune Owen