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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: "World Bank Creditors" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:56:27 -0400
Subject: Re : Important Message From The World Bank Creditors
I have been waiting to hear back from you so we can finalize your transaction and for some reasons you have not gotten back to me, I want to believe its because you are unable to come up with the (Fee/$5,000.00), if this is the reason why i haven't heard back from you then i will make you a deal, my associate will fund you with the money and in return you will give us 10% of your winning after your $750,000.00 transaction has been completed.
I will have my associate overnight you a Certified Check, direct bank transfer or payment to your credit card of $5,500.00 for you to cash and send the fees $5,000.00 to our payment center in other to have your transaction completed.
List your info in the format below as we have on our profile if we have a deal.
1, Full Name :
2, Physical Mailing Address:
3, City :
4, State :
5, Zip-Code :
6, Home/Cell # :
7, Bank Name :
8, D.O.B :
Please use reference number 250-153 for our mutual convenience
World Bank Creditors