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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "OFFICE" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 12:02:36 -0700
We have been directed by the West Africa Government with the instruction from the World Bank to handle all the unpaid inheritance payment file. And this message is being directed to you because your email appeared among the fifty two foreign beneficiaries list that were submitted to our bank here in Nairobi Kenya hence you are qualified to receive your inheritance funds valued USD$10.5M.
We have made arrangement to register an Online Banking, where you will have full access to your Online Banking Account Fund to transfer your fund personally to your Private Bank Account with no complication of things or questioning as the Account will be fully registered in your Name.
The online Banking Processing is made much easier for you to transfer your fund to your private Bank Account personally without any complication. Note: if you choose to receive your payment VIA ATM CARD or through BANK TO BANK WIRE TRANSFER, it is still accepted. All you need do is to get back to us with your choice of payment.
Kindly provide the information below to enable the processing.
1) YOUR FULL NAME.
2) YOUR ADDRESS.
3) YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER.
4) YOUR OCCUPATION
5) YOUR IDENTITY.
Private Banking Section
Group Managing Director
Charterhouse Bank Ltd(Offshore)Kenya