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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:
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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: "MR IKENNA CASPER" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 07 Sep 2019 12:51:36 -0700
Subject: *****SPAM***** COMPASSION FUND OF 7,500 000.00 MILLIONS DOLLARS (USD)
ACCESS BANK FOR AFRICA NIGERIA
47, Market Odunlami St,
Somolu 100246, Lagos
P.O. BOX 3008
PHONE: +234 8153030515
FAX: 234 330 710 8888.
We have been informed this day by the concern authority to have your fund
release process completed otherwise, the funds will be declared unserviceable by the bank.
Kindly note that this funds was generated by the United State Government from the World Bank, due to rate of scams out there in Africa, the United States Governments has filed a case against the Nigerian Government and all other African Countries involving in scam activities, after the case has been taken to Court, the Law Court gave
orders that the Nigerian Governments and all other African Countries to
release the total sum of $USD2 Billion Dollars (TWO BILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) which was tagged Unclaimed Fund.
There after the funds has been released from the World bank to access Bank For Africa, to have the fund release with an immediate effect, the United State Governments has chosen access bank for Africa Nigeria To Inform The Rightful Beneficiary, and your name and email address was also found on our list.
The time frame is very short and technically, hand delivery is the fastest means of getting this done, so we have reverted to status through means of UN COURIER SERVICE.
If you are receiving this notification for the first Time ($USD7, 500,000) which is
on your name, can only be deliver To You.
To this end we request you to reconfirm below information to ensure accurately delivery Of Your Fund.
Your reference code is : (ACC/BANK/0024 ) Please remember to state it as a subject when contacting us and your fund will be deliver within 48 hours.
Therefore forward your details to this email email@example.com
MR IKENNA CASPER
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
ACCESS BANK FOR AFRICA.