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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "JSCB© Citi Bank Ukraine" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:48:22 +0100
Subject: Re: Atten:Payment Notification of $22.5m!!Should We Pay Your Representatives?anil
JSCB© Citi Bank Ukraine Crediting International Remittance Notification.
Attn: Valued Beneficiary JSCB© Citi Bank Ukraine,Eva Hurley , of Gillian &
Adrian Bayford Charity Donation. (File No: Citi65775/8#/BayfordnCharity013)
Despite all our effort in making sure that the transaction of $22.5m is concluded on time,till date you have not secured the requested documents for us to be able to transfer the $22.5m into your nominated account.
This is to notify you that,the appropriate authority and the Board of Directors have instructed that the transaction of $22.5m allocated to you earlier,be reallocated to your representatives,since you have not paid for the documents needed.
So its important you send the money for the documents immediately else the funds of $22.5m would be cancelled and reallocated to your representatives,in according to section 45 sub section 84 of international remittance policy.
Also reconfirm your contact details.
Awaits your response.
Chief Accounting Officer(Local/Foreign)
International Banking Unit,
JSCB© Citi Bank Ukraine