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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Betty J. Friend wright" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2019 16:01:18 +0200
Subject: From Mrs. Betty Wright
UNITED NATION FACT FINDING AND APPROVAL OF FOREIGN DEBT PAYMENT
(WORLD BANK ASSISTED PROGRAMME)
DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL PAYMENT AND TRANSFERS.
UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS FIRST AVENUE, NEW YORK 10017
WIRE TRANSFER/AUDIT UNIT
Our Ref: WB/NF/UN/XX027.
Having understood your unstable situation, we in United Nations pleaded with Continental National Bank to accept payment by installment on your behalf, to enable beneficiaries receive their payment that we may reconcile with all countries of the world. We understood your plight as someone who has suffered a lot to get this fund into your private account.
Write the Continental National Bank and request that you want the money to be transferred to your account by install-mental or in full payment, so that once the first payments enters into your account you can then use money from there to facilitate the transfer of the rest, once the first installments enters into your account that will equally give you another opportunity to do a test-transfer and withdrawal from your account to master Federal Reserve Online transfer procedure.
By calculations: if $1000 can handle US$10Million then $500 can also comfortably transfer the sum of US$5Million. Once the US$5Million is successfully transfer, you can withdraw money from there to handle the transfer of the rest of US$5Million.
NOTE: Write the Bank to tell them how much you have in hands so that the Bank calculate to tell how much you may receive as first payments-by installments, Do not be shy to indicate the amount you have in hands (no proper-amount is so small to trigger installments-payment base on our discussion with the Bank) so that the first payment will move to your account for you to confirm the existence of the fund before your proceed for the balance.
Finally, We have chosen Continental National Bank to release your Fund to you, so you are therefore advice to contact the Continental National Bank with the following information. Person: Mr Guillermo Diaz-Rousselot email address ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) Send him your direct phone number and contact address as we sincerely apologize for the plight you have gone through in the past years while trying to receive your money. Thanks for adhering to this instruction and once again accept our congratulations..
Mrs Betty J. Friend wright.
(UN) SECRETARY GENERAL
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