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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:
- "transferred into your bank account" (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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Financial Regulation Authority" <SCBMAIL@bsdmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:30:37 +0200
Subject: RE: NOTIFICATION DESK (Customer service)
FROM: Mr. Julian Adams
DATE: June 2018
Re: Investment Funds Transfer Payment For Research & Projects.
Please be informed that with perfect documentations, an outstanding Investment Funds Payment for
Research and Projects in any profitable program will be released and transferred into your Bank Account
through the paying bank's correspondent bank via direct Bank to Bank Swift Wire Transfer.
The Investments Funds US$295.7M came as result of formal Minister of Brunei and Top politician
converting his foreign Crude Oil Sales Bank Account cash/funds into Gold Assets in 2016 with the help of
Top Banks Executives with High Profile Political Connections awaiting for transfer into foreign account for
Your response is awaited to receive the appropriate directives on the procedures to achieve this goal.
When you receive the US$295.7M Investment Funds Payment for Research and Projects you will keep
30% for your assistance and the balance 70% will be used for investment business partnership in any
profitable program with you if you are interested.
I await your urgent reply.
Mr. Julian Adams
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