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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Steve Connelly" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2018 20:51:28 -0000
Subject: INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.
RE: INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.
In view of the above subject and taking into account the limited timeframe to complete this Joint Partnership Payment Initiative, we would like to inform you that your approved payment has been processed and posted for immediate transfer to your newly submitted bank account details which we just received from your acclaimed partner (Mrs. Pedro De Gary Rubio) from Canada.
MRS.PEDRO DE GARY RUBIO
CEO / MORGAN
STANLEY & REAL ESTATE.
BANK NAME: BBVA BANCOMER
BANK ADDRESS: IGLESIA 2
COL. TIZAPAN SAN ANGEL
CIUDAD DE MEXICO.
ACCOUNT NO: 0150 609 862
CUSTOMER NO: 63490171
SWIFT CODE: BCMRMXMM
BENEFICIARY = B4S NAME: PEDRO DE GARY RUBIO
As a matter of urgency, you are required to confirm that the above bank account details are certified by you to receive your payment.
You will be required to make this confirmation within seven working days after receipt of this Final Payment Notification as the United Nations Compensation Commission will decline from liability for any consequences of wrongful transfer. We anticipate your early feedback to enable us to complete your approved payment without further delay.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation
With best compliments,
IMF Compliance Department.
United Nations Compensation Commission