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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:
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "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.
- 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: "Steven Mnuchin" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:44:50 +0200
Subject: CONTACT CONTINENTAL NATIONAL BANK
This is to inform you that your fund valued US$10,500,000.00 have arrived our office. The Authorities are carrying out confiscating/investigation exercise of all abandoned packages here at our storage vault which will commence on the of 5th of January 2018, to avoid it being confiscate and return back to US treasury Dept as unclaimed .I have finally have the consignment released which has not been easy for me.
This is to inform you that the fund was deposited with the Continental National Bank With the help of the (OFAC)U.S Treasury Department's and with the FBI. We have received a mandate and instructions from the (OFAC)U.S Treasury Department's to commence the immediate release of your funds through bank to bank transfer.
I will urge you to write the Continental National Bank to this regards as we have already taking all legal documents guiding your funds worth (US$10,500,000.00) to ascertain the modalities to use in sending the fund as all information is being classified according to the Continental National Bank management, also this classified information are meant for your attention only for the security of the fund. On this regard, I will want you to as a matter of urgency contact the bank (Continental National Bank).
Continental National Bank
REMITTANCE DIRECTOR: Mark Martins
TEL: +1 705 230 1314
Provide the information below to enable the processing of your Online Banking Account for deposition of your total compensated fund.
1) YOUR FULL NAME.
2) YOUR ADDRESS.
3) YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER.
4) YOUR OCCUPATION
5) YOUR IDENTITY.
Contact Mr. MARK MARTINS with the information required for verification to enable her start the processing of your Online Banking Account Registration. We guarantee your safety and wish you the best of luck.
U.S Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control
(OFAC)U.S Treasury Department's