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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Usman Hasan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:27:53 -0800
Subject: Re: YOUR ATM IS READY.
Hello Dear Friend,
I am happy to inform you about my success in getting my fund transferred through the help of a new partner Mr.Fernando Alvaro from Mexico.Presently I am in Mexico for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the Lady Accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance Senegal(FMFS)and she rendered a tremendous help to us.My new partner initiated this idea and everything worked out successfully.
I left an ATM VISA CARD with the amount of US$1.5million before traveling to Mexico at the Prudent Trust Bank for you.It is just a token to appreciate for your efforts in trying to help me to get this funds, despite the fact that it failed because it was not the appropriate time.so you has to be fast and contact the Prudent Trust Bank immediately you receive this mail.
Here is the contact:
Prudent Trust Bank
Telephone; +233 541270577
Contact this bank to enable them deliver your Visa ATM card to you.With this card you can withdraw the money from any bank worldwide.As i mentioned earlier,I really appreciate your efforts,so contact the bank and send them your posting address so they can post the Card to you and do not forget to send me an email as soon as you receive it and also remember to use the funds wisely.
Dr. Usman Hasan