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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:
- "affidavit of claim" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- ",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)
- "power of attorney" (with your bank details and a power of attorney form criminals sometimes empty bank accounts)
- "affidavit " (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Scott Wright" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 30 May 2018 05:47:58 -0700
Subject: Reconfirm change of Account.
World Bank Assisted Program
Directorate Of International
Payment And Transfer.
Debt Reconciliation/Audit Unit
United Nations Headquarters,
New York, NY 10017, U.S.A.
Our Ref: WB/NF/UN/XX028 United Nations.
Attention: Beneficiary :
Since we are working 24 hours to complete the payment list short listed at the payment notice Board for 2016 which your name is included as overdue payment.
Once again be informed that this commission was set up by the United States Government in conjunction with World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and United Nations (UN) to properly investigate the legitimacy of your , inheritance payments, and compensation claims by Companies . Individuals and direct the paying authorities (banks) worldwide to make immediate payment of verified claims to the legitimate fund beneficiaries without further Delay
As a matter of fact, we are not surprised that you said you did not authorize Mrs Elizabeth Johnson . from USA who claimed to be your next of kin to receive your approved sum of payment of US$5,500,000.00 on your behalf into his below stated bank account as she claimed
Bank Name: ABN AMRO Bank Sweden
Bank Address: N V Stockholm Branch, Stockholm Sweden
Account Name: Elizabeth Johnson
Account Number: 10138816
Sort/Award BSB Number: 062239
Swift Code: CTBASW2S.
And also you did not authorized or gave power of attorney to any person to represent you in this transaction or to receive the approved funds in your favor on your behalf. After all investigation along with you quick response she has been arrested and handed over to the security for proper prosecution.
You are advised to reconfirm the following details to enable us proceed for immediate release of your fund without delay. Note all the charges has been paid by authority, you are only required to secure Court Affidavit of claim and Claim Identification Certificate (CIC).
2-Correct address :
4-Telephone and Fax number.
You are required to make choice on the following payment options and reconfirm your Bank details for immediate release of your fund among the last batch.
1-Telegraphic wire Transfer
2-Atm Card delivery.
On the submission of the above details and procurement of Court Affidavit and CIC (Claim Identification Code) The Bank will proceed for Immediate Release of your fund with 72 hours.
Mr Scott Wright