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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Yahoo, Japan; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "FEDERAL RESERVE BANK PLC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: < email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2019 04:58:19 +0100
Subject: Attention Customer
Federal Reserve Bank of Washington DC.
20th St. and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20551
Hours: Open Today 9:30 am5:30pm
My Name Is Mrs.Catherine A. Meloy, And I Am Reaching Out
To You Regarding A Recent Consolidation Of Your Bank Funds. Your
Compensation Files From Four World Banks Were Compiled Earlier This
Year And Submitted To Me For Review, Your Accrued A Trust Sum Of
$15,500,000.00 Usd.We Attempted To Contact You Multiple Times, And Hope
This Gets To You. Because You Had Not Claimed Your compensation fund
Before The International Fund Transfer Changes In 2018, Your Account Was Compiled
And Locked As A Non-Deductible Escrow Account At The
Federal Reserve Bank. This Account Is In Your Name And Requires
Accreditation Before We Can Release The $15,500,000.00 Trust.
In Order To Speed Up The Process, I Have Conducted A
Thorough Verification Process To Confirm That You Are The
Individual Attached To This Account. I Have Also Confirmed That You Have
Fulfilled All The Necessary Obligations And Have A Proper Credit Rating To
Enable The Release Of Your Payment Into A Personal Account Of Your
Choice.The Trust Fund Has Been Authorized For Release By The Federal
Reserve Bank, Which Has Your Registered Consolidated Account.
You Are Approaching A Two -months Non-Response, And Your
Fund Will Be Released Back To The Four Banks If You Do Not Contact Our
Office Within The Next 72 day's.The Federal Reserve Bank Utilizes A
Secured Macro Transfer System, And Your Funds Can Be Transferred In 2-5
Days If You Reply To This Authorized Email With The Following
Information. The More Information You Provide, The Quicker The Approval Process
Will Be Completed.
Copy Of Your ID:
I Anticipate Your Timely Response
Before The Account Deactivates.
NOTE: That all communications concern this your trust fund
should be on Emil and SMS only for record purpose and to avoid a
misunderstanding in the process of transferring OR delivering your fund to
Catherine A. Meloy
President and CEO Goodwill of Greater Washington/Goodwill
Telephone:+1 (305) 780-8607
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