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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:
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "outstanding contractors" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "transferred into your bank account" (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)
- "to your nominated bank account" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2016 18:40:10 -0500
Subject: From the desk of Mr. William C. Dudley
Headquarters: New York, NY, United States of America
Founded: 1914, New York City, New York, United States
ADDRESS: 33 Liberty St New York , NY 10045-0001
From the desk of Mr. William C. Dudley,
This is to inform you that after series of meetings held, we hereby apolog=
ies for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences we might put y=
ou through as we had some issues with our payment system.
From the records payment of our outstanding contractors, whose records has=
been due with Federal Government of the United States, your name was disco=
vered as next on the list out of the 11 outstanding contractors to be paid =
as deemed fit.
Meanwhile, a woman came to few days ago with a letter claiming to be your =
true representative, as she is willing to pay the $395 for the wire/transfe=
r charges to have the fund remitted to her nominated bank account.
Here is her information=2019s below.
Name: Mrs. Annette stillman
Bank name: Citibank , Arizona , USA .
Account Number: 6503809008
Routing number: 322271627
Address: 1723 Palmdale Bulv Palmdale CA..93550
In view of this, we hereby urge you to reconfirm the bank details immediat=
ely and also genuinely of the woman because federal government will not be =
held responsible for paying into wrong account. Also, if the woman is not y=
our representative, please fill and send this information=2019s for verific=
ation purpose in other to receive your funds valued at ($11,700, 000.00) in=
to your nominated bank account or if you wish to receive your fund via ATM=
Kindly reconfirm to the bank the following information:
1. Bank holder name:
2. Bank account number:
3. Route number:
4. Swift code:
5. Bank name:
6. Company name:
9. Working Id/ int=2019l Passport
11. Your telephone number
12. Bank address & account holder address:
Lastly, immediately we receive your correct information, your funds will b=
e transferred into your bank account directly from Federal Reserve Bank New=
York USA. Please note that, we will proceed the payments to the Mrs. Annet=
te Stillman if we do confirm from you within the next (3) three working day=
s from today.
We await your swift response.
You alerted reply urgent
Mr. William C. Dudley
Director Federal Reserve Bank
33 Liberty St New York , NY 10045-0001h