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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: "Notice" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 01:12:01 -0500
Subject: Head Of foreign operation
I am obliged to introduce myself. I am Daniel Metuh, Head of Foreign Operation Wema Bank Plc Nigeria.
Wema Bank Plc Nigeria plc is a registered bank in active service in Nigeria , The nature of our services covers individuals, corporate bodies, institutions and government department. We have a large network of Commercial Banking Centers with over 100 offices through out Nigeria and other part of the countries . In each office there is a team of banking professionals whose sole responsibility is to manage relationships with our Commercial customers. Furthermore, I am communicating you following the meeting with the World Bank delegates, based on our last annual end of year audit of 2016, which was conducted last week. Therein we discovered a Dormant Domiciliary Account containing USD$10.5M. which was deposited in your name
This account has not been operational in the last 18 months, based on the meeting with the World Bank delegates we have been given irrevocable instruction to contact you and remit the funds to you within the next five banking days. Regarding the release of this fund to you, you are urgently requested to provide to this office the following information which will empower us to Transfer the funds into your designated bank account ASAP.
•Reconfirm your full name and contact address, your daily telephone number and your bank account details for swift transfer payment of the USD$10.5M.
• Copy of your valid id for identification.
Upon the receipt of your consent to this email, we shall instruct you on the next line of action via e-mail for next step.
Mr. Daniel Metuh