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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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: "Sterling Bank Plc" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:30:52 -0700
Subject: CHANGE OF YOUR BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS.
CHANGE OF YOUR BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS.
We have received an official notification on 09-19-2016 from Teresa L.
Haskins, who claimed that you have authorized her to handle everything
concerning the release of your inheritance Fund which is US$3.5 Million as
she has confirmed to us that you are now in the
Hospital taking care of your cancer illness.
Meanwhile, in the consideration to our Official code of conduct and
services here in west, Africa, we deem it necessary that we should get in
touch with you first for confirmation before we can proceed with her
request. Therefore, we need your prompt instruction
to proceed with her in this matter for the purpose of remitting the fund
to her nominative bank account details below:-
Bank: Bank of America
Address: 1143 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, Tennessee 37066
Account Name: Teresa Haskins
Account Number: 483032646884
Electronic Transfer: 064000020
Wire Transfer: 026009593
The release of the fund will be fixed as soon as we receive your prompt
response to this message. it is very important that you should get in
touch with Mr. Sani Kabir with immediate confirmation to enable the bank's
administrative department transfer this money to her above mentioned bank
account as you instructed. Contact back via email address (
NOTE: Failure to reply will give the other option than to believe you are
the one that gave her the power to receive the payment on your behalf and
enable us to proceed to complete the transfer to her above nominative bank
Mr. Asue Ighodalo.
Chairman, Sterling Bank Plc.