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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "transfer into your account" (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 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Hon:Mr.Mussa Cheman Taju" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 09 Jun 2019 01:02:20 -0700
Subject: ECOWAS FUND RECOVERY MONITORING UNIT
How are you? I hope you are all right today.
Have you received your money? And I know that by now you have not received your money even one cent.Actually,I donât know how to tell you about this problem you are facing in receiving your money for a very long period.
In this matter, I know quite all right that it will hurt you because of the trust you have with them and money lost.Now,it is one of these people that you sent all your money here went at your back and planned to divert your money to another account.
Meanwhile,The possibility of receive your $16.4Million Usd Dollars again will determine as soon as I hear from you, And let me give you directives on what to do in hitch-receive of your payment successful,
The informationâs of the beneficiary is highly needed for confirmatory purposes and the BANK has to verify if the information details is correct before the $16.4Million Usd Dollars will be transfer into your account,The information re-confirm are AS FOLLOW:
ALL SO you should contact the Chief Consultant officer with this E-MAIL ADDRESS: (email@example.com)
Beneficiaries Name: ___________
Telephone number: ____________
Fax Number: __________________
A copy of your International Passport or driver license: __________
Home Address: ________________
Banking information: ___________
Bank account number: _________
Bank address: _________________
Bank Tel: _____________________
Hon:Mr.Mussa Cheman Taju
Funds Recovery Unit Office.& Debt Reconciliation committee Benin Republic.
Chief Executive Consultant officer and Group Managing Director.