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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:
- ",000,000" (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.
- email@example.com (Bk; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- listed below and send to this office through:email (firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com ) .residential address: .tel (mobile): (Bk; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: British High Commission <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2019 08:12:00 -0700
Subject: Waiting for your urgent action in the above regards.
British High Commission
New Delhi 110021.
In consideration of the legislative resolution reached by the world governing bodies:
The British High Commission (BHC) in conjunctions with the Bank OF England on financial and allied matters, following series of complaints and petitions received from the office of the British High Commission, Over the non-release of foreign beneficiaries' payment as at when due. Our bank committee on financial regulations and fact finding (FRFF) for foreign payment was subsequently inaugurated to help in ensuring that any outstanding payment emanating from Asia and Europe is released to the
Thus from the records of outstanding beneficiaries manifesto due for payment in Asia and Europe,The British High Commission has decided to bring to your notices that you're among the list of beneficiaries whose files showed sufficient proof to receive their overdue payment sum of ($2,000,000.00/-USD)
Recently on the 27TH November 2019 Mr. Mario Draghi and Mr. Klaus Welle Secretary-General of the nation meet with the Senate tax committee on finance (Ecb) United Kingdom Branch.
Regarding unclaimed funds which have been due for a long run which have make the owner to be confused that's they have been defrauded by fraudsters , At the end of the meeting Mr. Mario Draghi mandate all unclaimed funds to be release to the beneficiary stating that's unfair practice to withhold funds for government basket for one reason or the other for tax accumulation.
Therefore, We are writing this email to inform you that ($2,000,000.00/-USD) will be release to you in your name and to avoid all further bottle-neck stress, we have allotted to you a new international payment voucher number (IPVN) EuP/FRBWDC/BHC-3109/).
The British High Commissioner and the entire members and staff of the British High Commission sends their warmest congratulatory message to you this day, on the final approval of your compensation funds as we are pleased to inform you that you are now eligible to receive your $2 Million USD compensation fund.
For Validation Purpose, Forward the Following Information as Listed Below and Send to this
Office through:email (email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org )
.Scan copy of your international passport, driving license or a valid scan ID proof:
British High Commission New Delhi.