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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 phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "the diplomat " ("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 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.
- 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: Michael Alex <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016 16:54:51 -0700
Subject: To Your Attention
>From Michael Alex
To Your Attention
I wish to keep you posted on the outcome of our emergency meeting with the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim,international monetary fund (IMF),London Paris club and (UN) I hereby wish to inform you that your winnings/inheritance payment file has been Signed and forwardedm to United bank for Africa where you will be receiving your funds via online banking wire transfer which you will need to do by your self at any computer in your home or office .
Please confirm this information As Urgent As Possible. Did you Send Mr.Edmond Stock Beneker, from USA to Come And claim your Contract funds Valued at USD$10.7Million usd Your Funds Which Has Been Long Approved In Your Name By The Government Of Benin Republic, And Was Deposited Here In United Bank For Africa (UBA) This man was directed to My Office by Mr.Jerry Andrew the diplomat that are suppose to deliver your fund to you Please with matter of urgency get back to him immediately before things will go wrong.Below is the Bank account details of Mr Edmond Beneker Where he want the bank to transfer your fund into:
Name on Account: Edmond Beneker:
Bank: Wachovia Bank:
Address: 8233 Rochester Hwy. SC4600 Salem, SC 29676 USA
Swift Code: pnbpus76/
He is trying to pay all the charges about your funds and claim It.Please your urgent confirmation is highly needed now before Your fund will be released to A Wrong Person Within The next 48 hours,And please if you know that you never instructed him kindly get back to the bank immediately For Next Action.
Therefore' be advised to contact Dr.James Entwistle with your details as listed below to enable the Bank to set up your online Banking account and send the full account information to you so that you can be able to proceed immediately on the transferring of your
funds without any further delay'
(1) Beneficiary Name.......
(5) Mobile Phone ............
(8) I.D Copy............
Below is your paying officer from United bank for Africa,
Name: Dr.James Entwistle
TEL: +229 67 02 60 33