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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Justin Sadrian." (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 23:10:12 +0300
Subject: DID YOU MAKE THE PAYMENT INSTRUCTION CHANGE??
National Westminster Bank Plc
Address: 135 Bishopsgate,London EC2M 3UR.
Natwest Bank wish to inform you that your pending overdue payment has been approved, but one Mr Robin Steven, presented his banking details and address in favour of you to receive the sum of
US$16.500.000.00 which was your contract fund, Before we can make any payment to him, we hereby asking to know from your side. Did you authorize him to receive the fund on your behalf?, please quickly get back to us to enable us proceed with the transfer immediately.
His banking details and address is stated below for your acknowledgement:
Bank: Hang Seng Bank
Bank Address: 83 Des Veoux Road, Central - Hong Kong
Account Name: Mr Robin Steven
Account Number: 235-325172-882
Bank Code: 024
Swift Code: HASEHKHH
Your urgent respond is needed next 48 hours.
Yours in service.