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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:
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "FEDERAL RESERVE BANK." <"WWW."@siren.ocn.ne.jp>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 10:44:39 +0900 (JST)
Subject: NOTIFICATION SERVICE FROM FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK CALL OR
TEXT ON :+1(347) 630-4177
Headquarters: New York, NY, United States of America
Founded: 1914, New York City, New York, United States
ADDRESS: 33 Liberty St New York , NY 10045-0
Contact phone number:+1(347) 630-4177
Contact email: email@example.com
(Hello Dear Customer)
How are you doing today?the contents of your email is well received and well understood and we will asure you that we will get arrested to Mrs. Annette Stillman who try to steal your fund without leting you know OK,and now you are advice to try and reconfirm us with your bank details,that will link us to transfer your fund that worth the sum of $15.5m usd to you,to avoid wrong transaction OK.
So here are they details we need from you as soon as possible to enable us process your transaction without any further delaying OK so fill it and get back with it immediately,very urgent OK thanks.
1. Bank Name:............
2. Bank account number:............
3. Route number:............
4. Swift code:............
5. Your Account name:............
6. Company name:............
9. Working Id/ int$B!G(Bl Passport:............
11. Your telephone number:............
As soon as this information is received, your funds will be wired to your bank account directly from Federal Reserve Bank of New York USA . We shall proceed the issue,all payments details to the said Mrs. Annette Stillman if we do not hear from you within the next three working days from today. We are sorry for any inconvenience for the delay in transferring your fund must have caused you.
You alerted reply urgent
Mr. William C. Dudley
Director Federal Reserve Bank
33 Liberty St New York , NY 10045-0001.