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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "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)
- 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: "Mr Emmanuel " <".www."@leaf.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Mr Emmanuel " <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:25:44 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention please
We the Investigation Bureau Washington,DC (FBI) in conjunction with other relevant Investigation agencies, we wish to inform you that we recently received several reports through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you have a transaction which wasn't accomplished after series of process and required procedures.
Consequently we finally scheduled the dispatch of your funds to the Barclays Bank of United Kingdom for easy transfer of these funds to your account without any hitches, this decision was made due to the rate of corruption and scam reports perpetrated by Individuals and Offices, therefore your funds was ordered to be moved or transferred to safe custody of Barclays Bank of United Kingdom.
The transfer of the fund to Barclays Bank was successfully executed this morning and we just received a confirmation from the correspondent Bank that the fund valued the sum of $B!r(B15,800,000.00 (Fifteen Million, Eight Hundred Great Britain Pounds) was received by the Bank Management, therefore we are officially contacting you in this regard letting you know that your funds are presently at Barclays Bank.
Therefore you are advised to contact the director of the bank immediately with the information outlined below:
Contact person: Mr. Timothy Edward
Furthermore, you are expected to Identify your self with this code of conduct (BB90991031), this code was given by the Board Management of the Bank this morning for verification or easy identification so you must include it in your email as identification code. You will be recognized as soon as you send this code, your full name and address should also be sent to the bank's email address stated above, you can also contact their representative on his direct telephone number as stated above.
Finally, you are advised to completely terminate all your conversation or correspondent with any other individual, authority or office who claims to be in custody of your funds because your funds was official transferred to Barclays Bank this morning under federal instructions.
Therefore adhere to their instruction to enable them serve your fervently.
Investigation Bureau Washington, DC,
International Monetary Fund