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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:
- "bank charges " (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- 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: "Mr. Colin Brent" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2019 21:35:16 -0700
Subject: RE: HELLO: Beneficiary
I am Mr.Colin Brent, the newly appointed Head of Operations, HSBC BANK, North Towers Branch, Bangkok, Thailand. I was promoted to this exulted position some three Months ago.
Following the on going debt settlement program by HSBC BANK, in my position as the overall heads of operations I requested all the directors from their various department at HSBC BANK to notify beneficiaries whose payment are still pending to have their payment files scrutinized for immediate payment.
Your payment files number HSBC-WBDSC/0177/18, is among the files in my Office for payment process. I have gone through your payment files to discovered that you had made several attempt to claim your payment, but unfortunately there are always hitches on the process.
I also discovered that over 80% of the beneficiaries waiting for their payment are having the same problem mostly financial backup to claim their inherited funds. To have this situation resolved, we have approved two ways to amicably settle this debts matters.
For those who can not be able to afford the financial requirements claiming their funds, the authorities of HSBC BANK Thailand, has decided to provide them with affordable means to resolve their long overdue payment.
If you can not be able to afford the cost of processing your payment, the authority of HSBC BANK, will provide you a reasonable opportunity and privilege to resolve this long over payment matters.
The way out is for the authorities of HSBC BANK, to release 50% of your total payment sum to you without you paying the bank charges, then when you received your funds into your home bank account, as soon as you confirmed the first 50% of your long overdue payment, it is only when you received 50% of your money you will pay all the bank charges to HSBC BANK, then the remaining of your money will be released pay and transfer to your account without further delays .
With this arrangement I must let you know that you will issue the authorities of HSBC BANK, a promissory letter to promise and assure HSBC BANK that you will pay all the accrued bank charges when you must have received 50% of your entire payment sum. Be reminded that your promissory letter must be stamp at the Oath commissioner's office accordingly and you will be responsible for the little amount.
I am contacting you through my personal email address and I do not have any personal interest than assisting you to accomplish your aims.
Below Information are urgently needed from you:
Your Full Name
Your contact home address
Your Direct phone Number
If this is okay with you I want you to get back to me to open official communication with you.
Head Of Operations
HSBC BANK, North Towers Branch. Bangkok, Thailand.
Tel:- +66 627376971