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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:
- "million dollars" (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 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: Federal Reserve Bank of New York <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 12:53:16 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary
Director Payment Department
Miss Janet L. Yellen
A/c Officer B O 701 East Byrd Street P.O BOX 27622 New York VA 23261 USA.
Here is my office telephone number: Call me on (+1 3475099821.You can sms me.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
contact me in this mail:(email@example.com)
My dear, I want to formally inform you prior to the official meeting we
had at the banking complex White House Washington Dc ,with the Supreme
authority of the Chief Justice of the United States (JAMES B COMEY),IMF
USA Department Secretary of State (John Kerry )and the United States
president (Donald Trump) concerning the transfer of your sum of
accrued payment transfer into your bank account.
It was just concluded at the meeting that you will be given every form of
assistance to warding making sure that your fund hit your bank account as
soon as you are ready to follow my official instruction.
Please note that your good and sound health/condition is the priority of
the states as to favor you with a self development contract award payment.
Therefore I advise you to swiftly respond urgently and positively to
enable us my office effect the immediate transfer of your fund within 72
hours and as soon as you are able to follow our bank transfer procedure.
We were so confuse that is why the authority instructed me to contact you
for us to know if she is telling us the truth or not. She even forwarded
this bank details to us.
Bank Name: Credit Union Na
Account Name: grace.stall
Account number: 908374912
Swift code: cwd1u
Thank you and God bless you.
Call me on (+1 3475099821.You can sms me.
Miss Janet L. Yellen
Director Payment Department Federal Reserve Bank of New York