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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:
- "atm payment department" (this phrase is often used in the ATM card payment scam)
- "fund beneficiary" (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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address looks like addresses used in "ATM SWIFT card" scams)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a fake lottery scam. Consider the following facts about real lotteries:
- They don't notify winners by email.
- You can't win without first buying a lottery ticket.
- They don't randomly select email addresses to award prizes to.
- They don't use free email accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc) to communicate with you.
- They don't tell you to call a mobile phone number.
- They don't tell you to keep your winnings secret.
- They will never ask a winner to pay any fees to receive a prize!
- 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: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION <"infobankofamerica."@oregano.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 02:23:52 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ATTENTION HONORABLE BENEFICIARY OF FUND, THIS WILL MAKE IT TWO TIME
WE SENT YOU EMAIL TO CONTACT MR. BARRY DAVIES JOSEPH, FOR YOUR LEGAL FUND.
FROM MR. BRIAN THOMAS MOYNIHAN (CEO)
BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
6425 RISING SUN AVE, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19111.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
ATTENTION HONORABLE BENEFICIARY OF FUND, THIS WILL MAKE IT TWO TIME WE SENT YOU EMAIL TO CONTACT MR. BARRY DAVIES JOSEPH, FOR YOUR LEGAL FUND.
Attention Dear Honorable Fund Beneficiary Email Owner !!!
In regards to the recent meeting between the United Nations and the Present United States Government to restore the dignity and Economy of the Nations, Base on the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance to help and make the world a better place for all with the sole aim of abolishing poverty. We have been having a meeting for the passed 6 months which ended 2 days ago.Your email address was among the list of victims submitted to our branch Philadelphia, for verification "as victims of purported foreign contracts, Inheritance, Investment, Dating and Lottery scams together with people that allegedly had unfinished transaction or international Lottery payment that failed due to purported Government policies etc.
After verification we found out that your fund was originated from (Africa Benin Republic Government). It was resolved and agreed upon that your payment USD$10,800,000 (Ten Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars Only) would be released to you from (UBA Bank of Benin). Furthermore, security for your funds was organized in the form of your personal Identification Reference number for the ATM CARD and this will enable only you to have direct Control over your funds through this new arrangement.Your payment file has been forwarded to (UBA Bank of Benin), we will monitor this payment Ourselves to avoid the hopeless situation created by the Officials of the bank in Africa again.
The Financial Service Authorities in Collaboration with United Nation Fund Release Order Department has conveyed a power to (UBA Bank of Benin) to finish this transaction with you within 72-hrs maximum hence the due formalities are been followed.You are therefore advice to contact Mr. Barry Davies Joseph with below email.
Mr. Barry Davies Joseph
CEO OF ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT OFFICE
EMAIL ADDRESS : firstname.lastname@example.org
As soon as you establish a contact with Mr. Barry Davies Joseph, an ATM card will be issued to you immediately which you can use to withdraw your funds in any Bank ATM Machine in your Country. So if you like to receive your funds through this means, you are advised to contact him now with best of respect and serious. NOTE: You are advised to furnish Mr. Barry Davies Joseph with your correct and valid details. Also be informed that the amount to be paid to you now is USD$10,800,000 Million Only.
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Mr. Brian Thomas Moynihan (CEO)
Bank of America Corporation
Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC.
Â© 2017 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved.
PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL: Information contained in this e-mail transmission is privileged, confidential and covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. Sections 2510-2521.