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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:
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Robert Steven Kaplan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:36:38 -0800
Subject: We are still waiting for your email...
This notification message is from the Federal Reserve Dallas District,Your name is enlisted among the beneficiary whose fund is approved for payment, by the Board the Governors Federal Reserve Bank , and we have been waiting for you to contact us for you to claim your funds of $56 Million dollar, but to our surprise one Mrs. Brenda Miller came forward for the fund, that, you asked her to claim the fund on your behalf with documentary evidence which we are not sure of it source.This was why we decided to contact you to confirm to us if you really sent Mrs Brenda Miller.
She said, you instruct her that the fund should be transfer to the below account detail. I will advise that you change your email password,because your email is be use to write to us,but because of the name on the account, we have to confirm.
Bank name : Heritage Oaks
Bank Address : 545 Twelfth St, Paso Robles, California 93448
Phone Number: 1(805)239-5200
Account number: 001453521
Beneficiary name: Brenda Miller
Most importantly, confirm to us urgently if you gave permission to Mrs Brenda Miller to claim the fund on your behalf and if case you did not authorise anybody, then, You will have to stop communicating with the impersonators and the organisations, because they are trying to divert your fund to themselves. She tries, so hard to change the fund ownership to her name. We await your prompt response,
We will need to communicate on cell phone by sms or whatsapp.
Yours in Service
Robert Steven Kaplan