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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "swift card payment center" (this phrase is often used in the ATM card payment scam)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "you are advise to" (this email uses bad English)
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- 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: AGENT DAVID PETER <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:21:40 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: YOUR ATM CARD NUMBER: 3478763199030014 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED IN YOUR
YOUR ATM CARD NUMBER: 3478763199030014 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED IN YOUR FAVOR
WE HERE BY NOTIFYING YOU THAT WEMA BANK PLC HAVE BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE OUT
YOUR PAYMENT OF $ 10,500,000.00 USD THROUGH ATM CARD. YOU HAVE TO STOP FURTHER
COMMUNICATION WITH ANY OTHER PERSON (S) OR OFFICE (S) OR MINISTRY OF FINANCE
AFRICA TO AVOID HITCHES IN RECEIVING YOUR ATM CARD PAYMENT.
ATM CARD NUMBER: 3478763199030014 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED IN YOUR FAVOR YOUR
PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER IS 2482.WEMA BANK MANAGER HAVE CONFIRMED
AUTOMATION OF YOUR SWIFT PAYMENT THROUGH AN ELECTRONIC ATM CARD PAYMENT. THE
BANK HAVE ARRANGED YOUR PAYMENT THROUGH SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER. THE MAXIMUM
DAILY WITHDRAWAL IS $ 10,000USD PER DAY.UNLESS YOU INSIST ON ANOTHER PAYMENT
NOW YOU ARE ADVISE TO CONTACT THE BANK TODAY, THIS IS A SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT IN
COLLABORATION WITH UNITED NATION, KINDLY CONTACT THE BELOW PERSON WHO IS IN
POSITION TO RELEASE YOUR ATM PAYMENT CARD TO YOU WITH THIS INFORMATION'S BELOW:
YOUR FULL NAME: .......................
HOME ADDRESS: ...................
TELEPHONE NUMBER: .................
CONTACT THIS PERSON NOW WITH HIS EMAIL BELOW:
NAME .... JOSEPH ROBERT
AGENT DAVID PETER
HEAD OF ATM DEPT