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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Jack Petersen" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2017 12:45:09 -0700
Subject: Your Pending funds with Barclays Bank
Address: 200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166 United States
Phone:+1 (559) 382-6918
I am Mr. Jack Petersen, Director allocation department from the Barclays Bank of New York. My office monitors and controls the affairs of all banks and Financial institutions in New York concerned with foreign claim payments. I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance of huge funds moving within banks both on the local and international levels in line with foreign claim settlements. I have before me list of funds, which an incoming payment slated to your account? in your name has been blocked and this transaction cannot be completed due to errors present in your account informations,which was programmed on our wire transfer diskette.
Therefore, we have temporarily suspended the transfer from performing future transactions,untill we verifiy and confirm the banking details which will enbale us fix this problem immediately and wire the funds to your account without any delay or obligations required whatsoever.
1. The sum of USD$459,000.00 only will be transfered into your account after the proccessing of all relevant legal documents with your name as the bonfide beneficary,the transfer will be made by telegraphic Transfer (T/T), confirmable in 24 Hours working days.
2. This deal must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will be strictly by email / telephone, for security purposes.
3. There should be no third parties as most problem associated with your fund release are caused by your agents or representative.
4. Note that after the successful completion of this transaction,you and I will have a fair share of the fund which i am entilted to $59,000.USD while your share shall be $400,000.00USD upon receipt of the funds in your account. If you AGREE with my conditions,then i will advise you on what to do immediately so that the transfer will commence without delay as I will proceed to program your name and your bank details on the Payment schedule instantly to meet the 24 hours mandate.
Hoping to hear from you as soon as possible.
Mr. Jack Petersen