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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:
- "card center will send you an atm card" (this phrase is often used in the ATM card payment scam)
- ",000,000" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "TESCO Bank UK" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2018 15:37:42 +0100
Subject: Re: Your US$2,000,000.00 Payment via ATM card
TESCO Bank UK
George House, 36 North Hanover Street
Glasgow, G1 2YF
Re: Payment of Your US$2,000,000.00 Via ATM Card
I am Mr Benny Higgins, the CEO of Tesco Bank UK
Sometime ago, a fund in your name was brought to our bank and after some time, the funds was called back to world bank treasury. For the period of time this money was in our bank, it generated an interest of US$2,000,000.00 which we considered your long suffering by not receiving your payment and decide to pay you this interest fund via ATM card.
We have arranged your payment through our ATM Card Payment and below is the procedure.
The swift card center will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money from any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is US$10,000.00 (Ten Thousand US Dollars only) per day, so if you like to receive your fund this way, do let us know by contacting us once you receive this mail with the below stated information's.
1) Full Given Name
2) Addresses where you want them to send the card.
3) Phone and Fax numbers
4) Your Company and Position
Expecting your immediately response.
Mr. Benny Higgins
Chief Executive Office
TESCO Bank UK
Tel: +44 203 3180798