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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:
- "million us dollars" (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: "Alan Inn" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:13:56 +0800
Subject: Re:Your payment within 48 hours.
I write to confirm if you have received your Contract/Inheritance Award Payment of 10.5 Million US Dollars which I know is Certainly NOT because your Fund is here with the Bank of America (BOA) with your Payment Reference No. FERES9ASWIFT/USD, Allocation No: 67487632 Password No: 33988331, Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit Payment No: 103, Released Code No:0763; Immediate Telex confirmation No: 44133CITBKLN; Secret Code No: XXTN04413
You can still have these funds remitted to your account within two working days, there is a way to received your payment easily without stress yourself up financial. I have done a research and come out with payment made easier. All the endless fee you have put on this transact was act of Ignorance if you have thoroughly evaluated all procedures very well you would have seen the mole (Deduction Certificate) this document is obtain with a very little amount and the document give bank a legal authority to deduct all fees, charges and bills from the source and remit the difference.
So if you give the bank all legal right to deduct all the fee/charges from the capital (US$10.5 M) and remit the difference tell me what on earth will hold your payment. You have to pound over this issue and see if you can see clearly and get back to me to direct you have to get your Deduction Certificate from where your funds originated from.
Herald Center Mall
New York, NY, USA