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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "await your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "power of attorney" (with your bank details and a power of attorney form criminals sometimes empty bank accounts)
- "ecowas " (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: DR UGO PETERS <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2019 02:42:31 -0800
Subject: CHANGE OF ACCOUNT
This is to notify you of a new order from the bankerforum and Ecowas
Commission on the release of your Funds. You have been reported to be
sick and hospitalized for about Two Months now by your representative
your partner Mr.Marvyn Jon King of Canada who forwarded the below
account for the transfer of your fund,of your approved Fund as
instructed by you with power of attorney tendered to the Team of the
union bank Foreign dept reconciliation committee. KINDLY VERIFY THE
BELOW ACCOUNT INFORMATIONS:
HSBC BANK USA, 452 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK NY,10018-2706 SWIFT
CODE:MRMDUS33 CREDIT TO:FINANCIAL BANK SWIFT CODE:FIBBBJBJ ACCOUNT
NO:55139678 BENF,EXPRESS CASH.
I wish to inform you that your outstanding payment has been approved and
ready to be paid via bank to bank Wire Transfer .I will advise you get
back to this Office with your decision in regards to those men that came
for your funds so do we go ahead to order the immediate remitting of
your fund into this account?,we await your urgent response /compliance
to enae us decide on who ,(You or Mr.Marvyn Jon King ) to recommend to
bank for instant wire transfer of the sum mentioned Above.
Note ,we the crediting bank will not be left with no other option than
to credit the account sent to the bank by your representative,. We await
your urgent response
DR UGO PETERS
banker forum Head of Operation Foreign Debt