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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:
- "00,000.00" (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: "Dr. George Comrade" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:45:24 +0100
US$1,800,000.00 Accrued Interest Payment
We,the World Bank Auditors find it necessary to inform you that your
name and email address is amongs the (378) bonafide beneficiaries during
our visitation here in West African Regional office, on general annual
auditing reconciliation for the year 2016/2017.
During the cause of the ongoing general annual auditing, we discovered
an over flow funds in the system,in which after much verification on the
said over flow funds where confirmed an accrued interest Sum yielded
through long time contract / lottery/and Inheritance payments under the
world bank affiliates over the years,after dully deliberation on the
interest funds by the bank board were concluded to pay off the interest
funds to the beneficiaries on or before the year runs out .
Based on that note, you are required to submit your full information
such as YOUR NAME,ADDRESS,OCCUPATION,SCAN COPY OF YOUR
IDENTIFICATION,BANKING PARTICULARS and MOBILE PHONE NUMBER and also your
payment option which you prefer to receive your payment to enable us
process the release and transfer of the US$1,800,000.00 to you. On
receipt of the above requirement we shall credit you as soon as possible
without any delay . Accept our congratulations while looking forward to
have your maximum response.
Dr. George Comrade
Director. World Bank Auditors Accrued Interest Payment Office
Benin Republic Chapter