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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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "MRS. MARY WILLIAMS." <"www."@diary.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "MRS. MARY WILLIAMS." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 08:27:15 +0900 (JST)
Subject: DEAR CUSTOMER:
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TELEGRAPHIC ONLINE TRANSFER NOTICE OF US$5.5 MILLION TRANSFER RELEASE UPDATE VIEW UNITED NATIONS DEPOSIT SLIP ATTACHED INCLUDING WITH MY INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT, PRINT IT AND KEEP SECRET.
THE WORLD BANK BENIN REPUBLIC CONTROLLING DEPARTMENT CONTROLLING OF THE SECURITY TRANSFER CODE WHICH IS (WF/200/105/09), THE
AUTHENTICATION SECTION CODE OF THIS BANK CONCLUDES THE VERIFICATION OF YOUR FILE. AFTER GOING THROUGH ALL THE DOCUMENTS OF CLAIM RECEIVED BY THIS DEPARTMENT WITH JUSTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION FROM THE GLOBAL STRATEGY WEST AFRICA WE ARE COMPLETELY SATISFIED AND YOU HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED.
THIS IS TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED A CODED TELEX MESSAGE OF YOUR PAYMENT FILE FROM THE LEGAL ADVISORY OF THE WORLD BANK GROUP SWITZERLAND , IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TELEX TRANSFER INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE CREDIT CONTROL AND TREASURY BILLS DEPARTMENT OF THE WOLD BANK FOR IMMEDIATE BANK TO BANK ONLINE WIRE TRANSFER OF YOUR TOTAL APPROVED FUND FOR FINAL ONWARD CREDITING TO ANY OF YOUR NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISION OF ELECTRONICS FUNDS TRANSFER OF SUB SECTIONS 359(6) OF THE WORLD BANK ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990, OUR BANK ACCOUNT WITHIN 48 HOURS PLEASE EXPEDITE ACTIONS AS THE RIGHTFUL BENEFICIARY AS THE ADMINISTRATIVE OVERHEADS STATEMENT ACCOUNT VALUED ADDED BALANCE SHEET HAVE BEEN ISSUED IN YOUR FAVOR.
HOWEVER, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO RE-CONFIRM THE FOLLOWING DETAILS AS SPECIFIED BELOW TO ENABLE US CREATE AN ONLINE ACCOUNT AND TRANSFER THE MONEY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT DETAILS:
FIRST NAME .......
STATE OF ORIGIN:...
INDICATE YOUR ADDRESS...
EXISTING ACCOUNT AT PLACE OF RESIDENCE..
PLEASE DON$B!G(BT FAIL TO FILL THIS FORM BECAUSE IT WILL HELP US A LOT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FUND TRANSFER IMMEDIATELY. SECONDLY WE ARE SO SORRY FOR DELAY DUE TO WE HAVE A LOT OF CUSTOMERS TO ATTEND HERE, SO PLEASE FEEL THIS FORM FOR THE IMMEDIATE TRANSFER.
ONCE AGAIN I APOLOGIZE FOR THE DELAY; I PROMISE WE WILL STRIVE TO MAKE IT UP TO YOU. THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE YOUR BANKING NEEDS.
MRS. MARY WILLIAMS.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,
AND DIRECTOR OF WORLD BANK