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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million dollars" (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)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: FULTON BANK <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: FULTON BANK <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 06:24:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Fulton Bank
Attention Dear Customer
I am Dan Stolzer, I work with a reputable financial institution in United State of
America, Bank Address 111 Ballanard Ave,Pitman New Jersey 08071,FULTON BANK OF NEW JERSEY as an Account Officer in the Treasury/Credit Control Unit. I was mandated to look for a Customer who died some years back in
Westgate shopping mall attack by Al-Shabaab terror attack, on 23rd September 2013, to enable his family or relatives claim his money / inheritance funds in his account in our bank.
The wife of my client
have been searching for a kind and Godly partner to assist her financially to claim her Inheritance fund of her husband / my late client from the Bank and the state
Government, but she could not find any as she is sick in the hospital now so she decided for I the late client
account manager to help to contact you regardless of the fact that you are not direct or indirect relative, for the bank not to share her funds by dividing it among themselves workers in the bank.
I have contacted you to ASSIST in repatriating the assets and Capital valued at 12,540,000.00 Million Dollars (USD) financially, I assure you that this transaction is 100% risk free The money will be shared on a 70%-30% basis with the dead client wife Mrs. Joanne Arnswald , I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
Kindly replies to our private emails to enable you proceed with this claim with the following information below.
One government valid ID card:
Account details where to transfer the fund:
The above information are going to be use for the on
line registration to enable and check if we can be able to transfer the fund to you for the transaction to take place as soon as possible, remember this is a transaction deal and may God bless you for your good work helping this helpless and sick woman, Please do contact to my private email
I am waiting to hear from you soon.
Senior Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer Designee
Fulton Financial Corporation