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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:
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr Bashir Mohad <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:33:17 +0100
Subject: Mr. Bashir Mohad
I am Bashir Mohad, a staff at ABN AMRO BANK in Archive Department, I
tried contacting you with the telephone number I saw in your file, but
could not get through. I have an important information to pass across to
you. I was privilege to come across your long overdue pending payment
file with an instruction from IMF (International Monetary Fund)
mandating ABN AMRO BANK to pay out compensation in your favour
The instruction reads as follows âBased on meeting held last two weeks
with World Bank Group Board of Trustees, International Monetary Fund
(IMF) and ABN AMRO Bank Dubai, we hereby authorize Ms. Sandra
D.Salazar,(Headquarters Customer Care Head) ABN AMRO Bank Dubai to
release your long overdue pending payment fund with its accrued interest
worth (Three Million Five Hundred United States
I donât know if she has contacted you in-respect to this development. If
you have not been contacted kindly reach me to advise you on how to
reach her before it gets late.
From ABN AMRO Bank Dubai