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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:
- "await your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "you are advice 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: BRITISH FINANCIAL CONSULTANT <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:29:11 +0100
Subject: FROM: BRITISH FINANCIAL CONSULTANT:
THE QUOTED IS FROM JUSTIN OWEN & ASSOCIATES, A BRITISH FINANCIAL CONSULTANT:
Ref: TRANSFER DETAILED FOLLOWINGS."
I have been discussing with our contacts at the London Community Credit Union Bank Assets and Wealth Management, UK; Where your funds would be moved from and we have already mapped out a solid channel to transfer the funds to your designated bank account in your Country without any problem. Due to the large volume of the funds involved we have planned to have the funds transferred to your designated account as an investment funds from London Community Credit Union Assets and Wealth Management Account.
These funds will be deposited into the London Community Credit Union Assets and Wealth Management account as an investment funds. Hence, the funds are expected to be wired to your account for investment purposes. This special arrangement will solve the problem of providing an evidence for the source/origin of the funds and other requirements to the British authority and your Country's Central Bank. The funds will now originate from the London Community Credit Union as an investment funds being giving to an investor (YOU) to enable the investor carry out investment projects in banking official capacity.
The London Community Credit Union has a procedure of transferring investment funds to investors. Usually this bank must get a clearance from your Central Bank. The London Community Credit Union will send documentations to the receiving Central Bank in respect to this transaction. London Community Credit Union will show evidence that the funds are investment funds from their bank being wired to YOU the investor to enable the investor carry out legal investment projects in any part of the World. This bank is expected to review that the account owner (YOU) is a legitimate person or business man and that the funds will not be used to finance terrorism, or finance rebel fighter in wars or proceeds from Drug trafficking and other criminal activities other than legitimate investments.
This arrangement is a solid arrangement and I can guarantee you that there will be no interference from any agency as soon as the transfer is made through this Special arrangement. London Community Credit Union has confirmed that they will make the transfer as soon as they have carefully carried out these official procedures. You are advice to urgently respond back with the below following information.
1) YOUR FULL NAME: ---------------
2) YOUR CURRENT HOUSE ADDRESS: -------------
3) CURRENT DIRECT TELEPHONE: -------------
4) OCCUPATION & AGE: -------------
This is a serious fund transfer arrangement and a very transparent business transaction too. I expect you to take this transaction very serious as it is the best and suitable option at this point in time.
I await your urgent response,
Principal,JUSTIN OWEN AND ASSOCIATES LONDON, UK.