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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "cheque " (Beware of any scheme that involves cashing checks or money orders and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere - you'll be liable for the entire amount if the checks or money orders turn out to be fake, even after you have received and forwarded cash. If it's a lottery prize, remember that real lotteries do not pay large prizes by check. They wire the money directly to your bank account and you do not pay for that. Many scammers promise a large check only in order to then demand payment of courier fees for a fake courier service. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Nancy Nynu" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:08:34 +0100
Subject: VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE!
Approved payment of $15,000,000 from US Bank financial
We hope this message will meet you in good health, This office wish to notify you through this medium that your outstanding transaction has been perfected and the fund release order application as earlier made in your favor has been approved by the various offices in Charge of all foreign transactions for out going funds under the instructions of the new incoming USA President.
We have great news for you Pursuant to the fact that you have not received your over due fund globally so after our meeting today with World Respected offices in New York about ensuring that you receive your funds as the rightful beneficiary without any further hiccups. We are pleased to inform you that your fund have been approved to be paid to you by Guaranty Financial Incorp United States meanwhile your payment is to be made to you through MT103 transfer or optional a cashier cheque cashable in any bank around you can be sent to you or you can be paid through ATM VISA Card functional in any machine in the world.
In light of the above, a priority payment instruction has been dully issued to Guaranty Financial Incorp United States to debit our account and credit the mentioned amount to your personal account been your payment as soon as you coontact the bank via their contact details below with your personal information's Upon receipt of this mail kindly contact with the bank with your personal details such as.
Your full Name::
indicate how you wish to receive your fund: i want an ATM card
This is the bank contact details for you to commence immediate communication with the bank concerning how to receive your funds.
Guaranty Financial Incorp United States
Contact person:Mrs Rose Betty
Tele:+1931 240 0767
tele::+1714 710 7322
Kindly update us as soon as you have contact the bank for your onward payment for further advise.
Yours in Services
Barr Nancy Nynu
Information's officer on funds release.
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