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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.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Bank Online <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 09:06:59 +0200
Subject: PAYMENT AGREEMENT AND CHANGES OF ADDRESS
Hope you still at this address or did you change to another one...! You
Got Money now, the Bank said it will be there in 72hrs but I am not sure
if you receive the late payment regulated letter for the nominators
because there where nobody present at your address, (Read enclosed file
details) payable to you ($3,899,478.00) with a New brand X3 BMW JEEP
awaiting transmission, Visit EUROCLEAR website "www.euroclear.com" to
check the bond, when it opens tick the circle marked âISINâ, then enter
the following ISIN ticket numbers "US46625HGY09" next to EQUALS, scroll
down and hit the Search key for result payable to you with Polaris Bank,
time is stuck and speed response need you to fill the form and forward
to Bmw3330552019@outlook.com if for any change of address
Date of Birth:...
Country of origin and status: ...
Occupation: .... / Nationality: ....
Sex:..../ Next of kin:...
Old & New e-mail account:.....
Tel:...& Correspondent Address with Your Full Name:....
ON VERIFICATION OF YOUR FORM, PLATINUM ACCOUNT WILL BE SEP UP ON YOUR
NAME FOR A DIRECT DEPOSIT TO YOUR BANK WITHOUT YOU SENDING ANYONE YOUR
PERSONAL BANKING DETAILS, IS TOO COMMON THAT SOME MESSAGE DISPLAYED IN
SPAM FOLDER DUE TO HACKERS AND PROBLEM WITH INTERNET PROVIDER THIS DAYS,
SO TAKE TRUST VERY SERIOUS THIS TIME, YOU WILL NOT REGRET THE
YOUR ANSWER IS AWAITING.
Henry J Chidke
Promotion: Executive VP & Polaris Credit Bank
REACHEABLE TO: firstname.lastname@example.org