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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:
- "you are advise to" (this email uses bad English)
- 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: FEDERAL RESERVE BANK <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:10:57 -0700
Subject: FROM FEDERAL RESERVE BANK NEW YORK
How are you today? Be inform that your original Payment Slip Transfer
Access Code Number have being released to this office by the
President, and you are advise to contact this office for the releasing
of your Presidential Access Code Number to enable your bank credited
your account with sum of $5.2 million dollar.
You are therefore advice to contact the office by MR.JAMES P.GORMAN of
Director of Pin Access Code Number Department to collect your original
Slip with your Pin and Transfer Access Code to enable your bank
credited your account with sum of $5.2 million dollar.
As soon as you submit these codes and your payment slip to your
bank,they will credit your account without any delay again.
NOTE: YOU ARE ADVISED TO RE-CONFIRM YOUR INFORMATION'S TO AVOID
TRANSFER OF THIS FUND INTO A WRONG ACCOUNT AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU
CONTACT HIM ON THIS BELOW INFORMATION STATED.
Director of Pin Access Code Number Department
CONTACT PERSON: MR.JAMES P.GORMAN
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK, NEW YORK USA
Address: 33 Liberty St, New York, NY 10045, United States
(CHAIRMAN COMMITTEE CONSULTANT ON BANKING AND FINANCIAL MATTERS)
Crll phone number: 4044109094