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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 of your funds" (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)
- "hundred thousand united state 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 dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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: "Rev.Tony Nicholas" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2019 01:07:07 +0100
Subject: THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DEPARTMENT IMF FUND UNIT.
We the International Monetary Fund IMF, Investigation Bureau Department in conjunction with other relevant Investigation agencies, we hereby to inform you that we recently received several reports through our Global intelligence monitoring networks that you have a transaction in UK,Europe,Asia West Africa which wasnt accomplished after series of process and requires further procedures. Consequently we finally traced the location of the funds and ordered the dispatch or transmitting of the funds to a safe custody. OraBank Benin Republic, hence the mentioned Bank institute will be facilitating the transferring of the funds to your account in your country anywhere in the world as soon as possible, this decision was made due to the rate of corruption and scam reports perpetrated by Individuals and Government offices/companies in UK,Europe,Asia,Africa therefore your funds was ordered to be moved or transferred to safe Bank immediately for safety.
The transmission of the funds to OraBank Benin Republic was successfully executed today and we just received a confirmation from the OraBank Benin Republic that the funds valued the sum of $10.5Million Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars was received by the Bank management, therefore we are officially contacting you in this regard by letting you know that your funds are presently at OraBank Benin Republic. Therefore you are advised to contact them immediately with the information outlined below: OraBank Benin Republic.
Contact Person: Rev.Tony Nicholas
Contact them with the below information for the transfer of your Funds: Your personal profile (Profession, names, age, Home address, phone number# Your MOBILE and LANDLINE required) The Name of the Bank The account details will comprise the full address of the bank. The Routing number/Swift code Account name and Account number. Furthermore you are expecting to Identify yourself with the following code of conduct: EGZOXHXTFRD/WBG, this code was given by the Chairman of the OraBank Benin today for verification or easy identification so you must endeavor to include or indicating this code in your email. Finally you are advised to completely terminate all your conversation or correspondent with any other individual, authority or office in UK,Europe,Asia West Africa, who claims to be in the custody of your funds because your funds was officially directed to ORABANK today under our instructions therefore you should completely quit all conversations with any other individual or grou
p except the OraBank Benin Republ
International Monetary Fund (IMF)