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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.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Alex Alozie" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2017 06:26:59 -0700
Subject: PLEASE CONFIRM
Re: SHOULD WIRE YOUR FUND Amount $15.5M TO THE BELOW DETAILS, PLEASE CONFIRM
We notice another different Account details login into our central Transfer System at about 9: 45 a.m indicating the below account details as rightful fund compensation beneficiary Account to receive this payment but in the other hands the computer indicates unrecognized device which looks suspiciously Confirm this Account details:
Bank Name: US BANK
Branch Address: 1099 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA. 95125,U.S.A.
SWIFT Code: USBKU5441NT
Routing Number: 121100782
Account Name: D. L. Jason-White
Account Number: 153497286531
Was this you? Did you attend making changes to your Account details?
Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in his favour, If so, please disregard the rest of this email.
But, If this wasn't you, please, kindly follow up immediately to fill the attached form and return immediately to enable me commence the processing of your payment and you will receive this payment into your real account details. safe:
Note that your urgent response and completion of the official form will protect your payment from stealing and fraud. Do contact me on this email email@example.com
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