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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:
- "hundred thousand united state dollars" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Daniel Marry" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:41:06 +0100
Subject: CENTRAL BANK BENIN REPUBLIC LTD
This is to notified you that due to the meeting held under the instruction of the Ministry Of Finance Head office Benin Republic, we come to realized that you did not receive your fund total sum of $8.700,000.00 usd[ Eight Million Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars since as result of unfaithful and selfish official's who want to use you as their source of making money.
The approval was granted by the appropriate department,you are advised to contact the bank with your information's such as below to enable them proceed on your online transfer which is the best and easiest way for you to get your fund transferred to your nominated account.
Kindly furnish your details:
Your Full name:
Your Home address:
Your Phone numbers:
Your Bank credential::
State below is the detail information of the affiliate bank for you to contact and remind them of your fund in their bank for immediate transfer process to be carry out.
CENTRAL BANK BENIN REPUBLIC LTD
Payment Director::Mr.Albert Alfred Brown
Information officer For Ministry Of Finance
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