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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: From World Bank Group <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:29:28 -0800
Subject: Please confirm that you receive this message?
We are pleased to bring this good news to you, that we have retrieved
your long over due contract/inheritance payment funds of Euros
7,500,000.00 (Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand Euros) through our
As it may interest you to know, the said funds will be credited into online
banking, which we can establish one for you and the funds in question
will be credited therein and an unlimited ATM premium black
debit/creditcard, which allows you access for instant withdrawal,
online purchase & bill payments worldwide will be issued to you, to
enable you have full access to your funds both online and via your ATM
card. If the above payment option will be of a good service to you
kindly indicate upon your response and we shall attach our online
banking form to you to complete and send back to us. We advise that
your expedite action to enable us establish your online and complete
your card loading process and commence your DHL delivery as soon as
possible. We advise that you expedite action as soon as you get this
message, as your ATM Card & ATM Pin code process need to be completed
And if you wish to receive the above funds via bank to bank wire
transfer, kindly indicate also upon your response and we shall send
you our wire transfer request form, for you to complete and send back
to us to proceed with your wire transfer.
Sequel to this notification, we'll need you to reconfirm the following
details when contacting us.
Customer's fullname if has been changed_____________________
Customer's mailing address if has been moved________________
Customer's cell number if has been changed__________________
Jim Yong Kim (MD, PhD)
President: World Bank Group
Address: Chemin Louis-Dunant 3
1202 Geneva, Switzerland
TelFax: +41 22 748 10 30