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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- lambert donelson (remittance director) e-mail: email@example.com website: www.citibank.com contact the bank today and furnish (Aol; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Federal Bureau of Investigation." (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 04:03:27 -0800
Subject: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI.WASHINGTON DC.
FBI SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET
We sincerely apologize for sending you this sensitive information
via e-mail instead of a certified mail, phone call or a face-to-face
conversation, it is due to the urgency and importance of the security
information involve. in the quest to cushion the effect of the global
financial crisis, American government through the federal bureau of
investigation (FBI) Washington, dc and the internet crime complaint
center (IC3) has signed an agreement with US government for an immediate
release of all overdue funds presently logged in their treasury and
ensure it is disbursed to the rightful beneficiaries in any part of
the world. Hence, you have an over-due payment in tone of USD 10.3M at
Citibank, IL. If you the beneficiary would adhere to this notification
it will help stabilize the various economies of the world and reduce the
effect of this depressing recession.
Prior to this agreement our team of security experts has swung into
action for transparency and accountability of this periodic project.
The federal bureau of investigation (global intelligence, cyber division)
saddled with the responsibility of monitoring activities going on over
the internet have discovered your name in the list of unpaid people.
It might interest you to know that we have taken our time in
screening through this project as stipulated on our protocol of
operation and have finally confirmed that your payment/transaction
with Citibank is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facets and
of which you have the lawful right to claim your Contract Sum,
Lottery/Inheritance fund without any further delay. Having said
all this, we will further advise that you go ahead in dealing with
the Citibank, IL accordingly as we will be monitoring all their
activities with you as well as your correspondence at all levels.
This's in accordance to clear all foreign debts owed to you and
other individuals and organizations.
NOTE: There are numerous scam emails on the internet, imposters
impersonating names and images. We therefore warn our dear citizens
to be very careful with any claim email you receive prior to these
irregularities so that they do not fall victim to this ugly circumstance
anymore. And should in case you are already dealing with anybody or
office claiming that you have a payment with them, you are to STOP
further contact with them immediately in your best interest and contact
the real bank (Citibank) only where your fund is laying, with the below
Bank Name: Citibank
Address: 2022 South Archer Ave, Chicago, IL USA.
Attn: Lambert Donelson
Contact the bank today and furnish them with this information below for
processing of your payment/funds accordingly.
DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER:
NOTE: In your best interest, any message that does not come from the above
email address with phone number should be nullified and avoided immediately
for security reasons. Meanwhile, we will advise that you contact the Citibank
office in Illinois immediately with the above email address and request that
they attend to your payment file as directed so as to enable you receive your
Ensure you follow all directives from Citibank as this will further help hasten
up the whole payment process in regards to the transfer of your fund to you as
designated. Also have in mind that the Citibank equally has their own protocol
of operation as stipulated on their banking terms.
All modalities has already been worked out before you were contacted and note that
we will be monitoring all your dealings with them as you proceed so you don't have
anything to worry about. All we require from you henceforth is an update so as to
enable us be on track with you and the Citibank. Without wasting much time, we will
want you to contact them immediately with the above email address and phone number
so as to enable them attend to your case accordingly without any further delay as
time is already running out.
Should in case you need any more information in regards to this notification, feel
free to get back to us via email so that we can brief you more as we are here to
guide you during and after this project has been completely perfected and you have
received your payment/fund as stated.
Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation.
Federal Bureau of Investigation.
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C.