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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:
- ",500,000" (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: "SUNTRUST EMAIL" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:33:02 -0700
Subject: RE: TELEGRAPHIC WIRE TRANSFER OF $23,500,000,00 USD
SUN TRUST BANK
Address: 101 CALIFORNIA ST #2850, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104
Attn: Account Holder, TELEGRAPHIC WIRE TRANSFER OF $23,500,000,00 USD
This is to notify you that a new development has been made by today in which the SUN TRUST Bank which has been holding your funds all this while has been ordered to release it to you.
The bank has created an online bank account on your behalf and the online bank account has been funded with the total sum of $23,500,000,00 USD in which you would be able to withdraw any amount of money daily from the online account.
Below is the online bank account details
Welcome! To - sun trust Bank Online Plc Secure Account Page
Created Opened Account
Balance $23,500,000,00 USD
Sort Code. 00169381101-43372 1020-03-8733
Swift Code PNBPUS33
Account Number 1010169857504
THE TOTAL FUND HAS BEEN ORDERED TO BE TRANSFERRED INTO YOUR ACCOUNT WHICH YOU WILL PROVIDE TO US BELOW.. PLEASE THE FUND WILL BE TRANSFERRED HALF IN HALF AS DIRECTED BY THE IMF.... YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE US YOUR ACCOUNT ...
NEXT OF KIN DETAILS
The bank has also stated that you could be able to start accessing the online bank account once the transfer code has been issued to you and this code will be issued to you at the sum of $250 Usd. The bank has also directed that the payment should be sent to the bank in BENIN REPUBLIC WHERE THE FUND ORIGINATED FROM. have in mind that other banks has been banned from sending funds to you ,and fedex company and other company is no longer permitted to issue out your fund to you, so have that in mind,, and the only fee that is required by the sun trust bank is just the $250 usd. Immediately you receive this email,, please try and get back to us ....
THANKS FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION.
CONTACT CALL or sms +1 559-223-3513
FUND TRANSFER OFFICER