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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- 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: "JEROME POWELL[FRB]" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:23:20 -0700
Subject: federeal Reserve Notice[t]
We wish to inform you that your inheritance funds valued at $25millionusd has just been transferred to the Federal Reserve from the Central Bank of Malaysia for onward transfer to your bank account here in the United States.
However,on the received certified payment instrument from OFAC in your favor containing your personal details and a new receiving account in the name and favor of your financial representative and partner, Mr.Richard B. Rollins .
In lieu of the issued payment mandate from the OFAC, the Clearing House conveyed a payment message through CHIPS, which will effect the transfer of the funds via S.W.I.F.T MT2O2 COV into the account of Mr.Richard Rollins in the nearest 72-hours after a confirmation to proceed from you as the original beneficiary. Please kindly confirm is the account information are correct to receive the funds,
Bank Name: U.S Bank Trust, N.A, MN;
Swift Code: USBKUS4TCOR;
Routing #: 121122676;
Account Number: 153459581457;
Account Beneficiary Name: Richard B. Rollins;
Beneficiary Address: 5021 Laguna Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95758.
The funds will be available in the U.S. Bank Trust, N.A account as above in the next 72-hours as soon as we get a permission to proceed from you, and a copy of the MT202 COV Payment Slip will be sent by fax to the receiving beneficiary bank, U.S. Bank Trust, N.A; Mr.Richard B. Rollins and also a copy of the wire slip to you for funds clearance at your receiving bank.
We hope this letter is understood, if not, kindly go over the content twice or more before responding, And If you have any questions as regards this matter, kindly reply me via (firstname.lastname@example.org) as we would be pleased to discuss any of our comments in more detail.
Thanks for your Co-Operation.
Mr Jerome Powell
Under-secretary Financial Surveillance