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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "anti-terrorist certificate" ("anti-terrorist", "anti-money laundering" or "drug-free" certificates are a common way for criminals in fake lottery scams and other Advance Fee scams to get you to send money to them. There are no such certificates in the real banking world. )
- 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: REV JOHN OBI <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2017 02:26:49 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: YOUR SWIFT CREDIT CARD PAYMENT
Â FROM: Dr. Rev John Obi
Director, Foreign Operations,
Debit Card department
Swift Visa Credit Card Payment.
Going by series of petition received from International Body on the
way your inheritance/contract fund was handled by our correspondence
office.After Extensive close door meeting with Board of Directors and
other Stake holders in the Government, Sub committees of the House Of
Assembly and the House of Rep , Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was
Resolved and Agreed upon that your inheritance/Contract Fund would be
released on a special method of payment , which tag Name Reads SWIFT
CREDIT CARD and you will receive the sum of $10.000 MILLION ONLY AS
PART PAYMENT. This method of payment is designed by the Government to
avert fraud perpetration or stoppage of fund by Some Agencies. Either
Through Anti-Terrorist Certificate or other certificates. This Swift
Credit Card would be issued to you upon meeting with the Bank
Requirement. This office, has Been Mandated to take charge of the
Issuance of the SWIFT CREDIT CARD .And that your inheritance/contract
should be passed to my desk for clarification .
Upon Certification that your file is ok.This Office would Direct you
on how to receive your over Due inheritance/contract fund via SWIFT
CREDIT CARD. The SWIFT CREDIT CARD would be delivered to you via
Courier. In the light of the aforementioned, you are required to
furnish this office with the following information:
Your Full Name Median Name
Your Home and Office Address.
Your Next of Kin
Your date of Birth
Your telephone number and fax.
This Information's would be used in opening of an account here .It's
from here that the ATM would be issued.The SWIFT CREDITS CARD will be
issued in your favour with the Credit card Number and all your
information inserted into the card. Upon completion of the issuance of
the Credit Card, It would be send to you via Courier to your
residential Address. Urgently furnish this office with your Contact
information in order to reconfirm if it's in line with the one
contained in our payment data. Be informed that your fund has been
called back and it's now in a suspense Account here in Our Bank.
A new Account has to be opened in your Name Before the Swift Credit
Card is issued.
Dr Rev John Obi
ATM Logistic Unit