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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: Mr Andrew Johnstone <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Mr Andrew Johnstone <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:52:55 +0900 (JST)
Subject: YOUR COMPENSATION FUND $17.5 MILLION TELEGRAPH TRANSFER UPDATE
THIS IS TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED A CODED TELEX MESSAGE OF YOUR $17.5M PAYMENT FILE FROM THE LEGAL ADVISORY OF THE WORLD BANK GROUP, REGARD TO THE UN COMPENSATION BAILOUT FUNDS FOR CITIZENS OF UN MEMBER COUNTRIES AND CITIZENS OF COMMONWEALTH NATIONS FOR POVERTY ALLEVIATION, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TELEX TRANSFER INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE UNITED NATION CREDIT CONTROL AND TREASURY BILLS DEPARTMENT. WOODFOREST NATIONAL BANK HAS BEEN INSTRUCTED FOR IMMEDIATE BANK TO BANK ONLINE WIRE TRANSFER OF YOUR TOTAL APPROVED FUND OF $17.5M DOLLARS FOR FINAL ONWARD CREDITING TO ANY OF YOUR NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISION OF ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER OF SUB SECTIONS 359(6) OF THE WOOD FOREST BANK ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990, YOUR COMPENSATION FUND WILL BE TRANSFER TO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT WITHIN 15 HOURS, PLEASE EXPEDITE ACTIONS AS THE RIGHTFUL BENEFICIARY , AS THE ADMINISTRATIVE OVERHEADS STATEMENT ACCOUNT VALUED ADDED BALANCE SHEET HAVE BEEN ISSUED IN YOUR FAVOR.
WE SINCERELY APOLOGIZE FOR DELAYS AND ADVICE YOU TO STOP ANY FURTHER COMMUNICATION WITH ANY OTHER PAYMENT CENTERS AS WELL AS YOUR ASSOCIATES IN ANY OF THE OTHER COUNTRIES FOR THEY CONTRIBUTED 100% HINDRANCES TO THE RELEASE OF COMPENSATION FUNDS TO YOU IMMEDIATELY.
HOWEVER, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO RE-CONFIRM THE FOLLOWING DETAILS AS SPECIFIED BELOW TO ENABLE US CREATE AN ONLINE ACCOUNT AND TRANSFER THE MONEY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT DETAILS AS INSTRUCTED:
FIRST NAME .........
LAST NAME ..........
STATE OF ORIGIN:...
PLEASE DON'T FAIL TO FILL THIS FORM BECAUSE IT WILL HELP US A LOT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FUND TRANSFER IMMEDIATELY. SECONDLY WE ARE SO SORRY FOR OUR LATE RESPOND DUE TO WE HAVE A LOT OF CUSTOMERS TO ATTEND HERE, SO PLEASE FILL THIS FORM FOR THE IMMEDIATE TRANSFER.
ONCE AGAIN I APOLOGIZE FOR THE DELAY; I PROMISE WE WILL STRIVE TO MAKE IT UP TO YOU. THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE YOUR BANKING NEEDS..
MR ANDREW JOHNSTONE
CHAIRMAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF WOODFOREST NATIONAL BANK