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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 fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "first national bank" (not involved with lotteries)
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "power of attorney" (with your bank details and a power of attorney form criminals sometimes empty bank accounts)
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: Jude Isiaka <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2018 03:27:20 -0700
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE.
P.M.B. 14, Garki, Abuja
Mobile Tel:+234 7010661246
CLAIM'S OF YOUR FUND VALUED US$6.5 MILLION BY SOME RE-PREVENTATIVES.
Good Day to you and your family as i bring to you greetings in the
name of the LORD.I do like tolet you know that a power of attorney and
an Application Letter of Change of Ownership has been forwarded to my
office by MR. IBRAHIM MAL ALLA HAMMAD BIN HAMMAD AL SABRI a Citizen of
DUBAI,U.A.E,he claimed to be from you and and also stated that you
sent him to receive these fund on your behalf.I want you to know that
your Registered Previous Personal Details which is now in my Office
was forwarded to me by the Central Bank Governor and the Transfer Unit
as well.This man claimed to be the representative of your Family,
and this power of attorney stated that you have died, they brought an
account to replace your information and claimed your fund of $US6.5
Million which is right now put on HOLD in an Online Account that was
setup for these gentleman and the fund is with the First National Bank
Branch In Lagos Nigeria,and its highly secured and protected by a high
level security which makes nobody to withdraw any money from the
account until you or your family members confirms that you are alive
and also that these man is not from you.
ACCOUNT WHERE THESE MAN(YOUR RE-PRESENTATIVES) CHOOSED TO MAKE ONLINE
TRANSFER: BANK NAME:- STANDARD BANK OF DUBAI
NAME OF ACCOUNT: IBRAHIM MAL ALLA HAMMAD BIN HAMMAD AL SABRI
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 2984-0008-660. SWIFT CODE: BOPIPHMM.
AMOUNT FOR TRANSFER: US$6.5 MILLION.
Be further informed that this power of attorney also stated that you
suffered and died of a throat cancer.All you just have to do is for
you to confirm if you are really alive,because its sound furious that
such kind of a thing just happened ,I was Instructed to find out if it
really happens or not before the fund will be transfered to
them.Please these email demands urgent response as whoever do read
these if its you or a family Member or Friend who has access to your
email address ,should respond immediately.
You are therefore given 48hrs to confirm the truth in this information
if you are still alive by responding back immediately so that these
office can know what actions to be taken,because they are just
insisting that we ORDER out the transfer of which we are writting to
you now on their absent to confirm if you are still alive.Since
response from you all these while on how you can get your fund
released to you, we are now suspecting that it might be true and funny
that something strange might have happened and that the story might be
true, because the only evidence now is you or your family members
contacting these office now and confirming if these people are from
you,or else we will transfer the fund to them.
Kindly Provide the following details for immediate actions to be carried out:
1:Your full names:
2:Your Complete address:
3:Your age and sex:
6: Your I.D CARD/INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT.
Note: In case of any questions from you or your family members that
reads these email,call should be made direclt to my office mobile
number:+234 7010661246.You or your family members should forward to me
emails been received from those IMPOSTERS for adequate investigations
to be carried out. You or your family members that reads these email
should respond back as i await immediate response.