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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2017 22:56:18 -0700
Subject: Funds Notification!
My name is Carol Lagarde - Director, Portfolio for Access Private Bank UK. The Board of the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs hereby brings you notice of the release approval, of your compensation / inheritance payment, of Seven Million and Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States United States currency. The funds will be wired directly to your bank account, from our institution here in the UK.
After a meeting was held today, 4th of September 2017, His excellence Mr. Alan Duncan - the current Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, instructed the international operations compliance unit of Access Private Bank UK, to without any delays whatsoever, commence the remittance of process of you compensation payment; as mentioned above.
Please take note. You are required to promptly contact the impact and communications department of our institution; so they direct you on how to go about swinging your transfers to immediate action. You will be corresponding with the director of this department, on the information provided below;
Mr. Daniel Whitmarsh
Impact and Communications department
Access Private Bank UK
Please, do let me have all the details of your correspondence with the impact and communications director; as I will be submitting intermittent reports, directly to the secretary of the Minister of State, for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; as soon as you have started receiving your payments. Congratulations in advance.
Access Private Bank UK