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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:
- "you are advise to" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2019 22:41:03 -0800
Subject: Good news from Mr.Charles Goodman .A/C Online Payment Officer ,US Capital Bank
Attention: Beneficiary ,
We the entire US CAPITAL BANK Branch of North Carolina, United States Of America has received a mandated instruction letter from the Federal Reserve Bank New York to release your Inheritance fund sum of $15.5 million U.S dollars to you.
Based on this and due to the problems of wire transfer all over the World now by IMF, FBI ,WORLD Bank Organization, and United Nation in demanding of different kind of Documents before the successful completion of Transaction.
Therefore the Authority of the US CAPITAL BANK Branch of North Carolina USA,has decided to release your fund through the safe and fastest way of ONLINE BANKING/WIRE TRANSFER SYSTEM and it has been approved by the United States government authority under the supervision of the FBI,CIA and Interpol Corps which has been instructed for the immediate release of your fund within few working days as soon as you comply with all instructions given to you hereunder.
Regarding this, you are advise to reconfirm your full information as follows
Date of Birth.
Cell phone number
Driving License or International Passport.
Note that we will open the new online banking account in your name and send you the Login which is USERNAME, and PASSWORD including the Web site for you to login your account and start transferring your fund to your local bank account or any bank of your choice in the world.
Finally we are waiting for your response to enable us proceed your payment accordingly without delay.
Thanks for banking with us ,
Mr.Charles Goodman .
A/C Online Payment Officer ,
US Capital Bank Branch North Carolina,
United States of America .