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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.
- 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: "Mr. Peter Amangbo" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:58:37 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Good day Dear customer
Dear Esteemed Customer.
This is to officially inform that your compensation payment of US$7.5Million
has been AWARDED in your names with UN government last week and it has been
forwarded to our bank Zenith Bank Plc of Benin headquarter through the help of
United Nation Organization/ Federal government of Benin Republic and
International Monetary Fund (IMF) And the instruction was given to Zenith Bank
Of Benin to Issue You ATM MASTER CARD payment of US$7.5Million and direct it
to your nominated Address in your country as soon as you follow our directives
in this message since this will be the best and easier way to move such amount
to foreign country.
This instruction was given by United Nation Organization and Federal government
of Benin to avoid further delay, since International Monitoring FUND (I.M.F)
have help us to revert all payment files pending in UN which your names is
among the list.
Therefore, for further more information's about your award payment file has
been revert in your names. kindly get back to this Bank with below
Information's so that we can issue you an ATM MASTER CARD to you without any
hitch as the bank telex instruction has already been sent to our Zenith Bank
Plc. NOTE: You will withdraw Hundred thousand dollars per day once you received
your atm card from any ATM machine that has Visa Card Logo on it worldwide.
Reconfirm your Personal information's for the delivery of your ATM MASTER CARD
See below Info.
Cell Phone no:_______
Home phone no:_______
Once you reconfirmed the above information's we will contact the shipping
companies to deliver Your ATM MASTER CARD to your home address and
inform you what it will cost to get the Card to you. Sign/Approved by United
Nation Organization, Federal government of Benin and IMF Group.
Yours in service.
Mr. Peter Amangbo
Office line +229-999-79138
Managing Director Zenith Bank of BENIN.