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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:
- "power of attorney" (with your bank details and a power of attorney form criminals sometimes empty bank accounts)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "Robert Hembree" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:17:14 -0800
Subject: Re Please Respond
Royal Bank of Scotland
E-WIRE DEPT wrote: Address: Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre,
14 High St, Ealing, London W5 5EB, ,
Our Ref: RBS/COUTTS/INT/UK/12/16
Please be informed that we have discovered a floating payment in your name but surprisingly with a Power of Attorney in your file authorizing the transfer of this fund to a Cayman Island bank account.
We have contacted you because we needed to verify this from you to ascertain if you have actually authorized the transfer of this fund into the bank account below of Matthew Creagh who claimed to be your partner.
Bank name: BFC International Bank
Bank Address: Georgetown, Cayman Islands
Bank FAX: 1-866-328-3507
Account number: 1087564120
Swift number: 487654
Account name: Matthew Creagh
If you have not authorized your fund transferred to the above stated bank account, please contact us immediately.
Your full details below are also required.
(1)Your Full Name And Address:...................... .............
(2) Your Occupation:................... ..........................
(3) Your Telephone Number:....................... ................
(4). Your Nationality:.................. .........................
The account details were the fund will be re-directed to, if you have not authorized the transfer.
Head of Department
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received this transmission in error, please immediately contact the