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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:
- ",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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "WBG" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2019 19:21:33 -0800
Subject: CONTACT YOUR PAYMENT RELEASE
This email is intended for the owner of this E-mail Address only and contains privileged and confidential information.If you received this email by error, please delete it from your mail box and notify us immediately for correction. The disclosure of this email to a third party is highly prohibited.
Working for a World free of Poverty,
The United Nations Compensation Commission in affiliation with the world bank And Zenith Bank plc is using this medium to compensate all Victims of Natural disaster,Unfinished business transactions and those lottery winners who have not yet received their funds due to irregularities and corruption within the officials both in the Government and Banking sector within these organisations.
Wondering why you received this email;Your name and email appears among the list of beneficiary who has not yet received their funds PAYMENT USD$155,000,000.00 United States Dollars.
To file for your claim, Please return this mail to BANK OF SCOTLAND UK within five  working days of this notification.
Claims that are not validated within this period of five working days of this notification are termed void,As unclaimed funds will be liquidated by the W.B.G.
You are advised to contact BANK OF SCOTLAND UK for your funds release
You are required to complete the verification and funds release form below to the paying Bank mentioned here above with email here below.
CONTACT DIRECTOR :FRASER SIME.
Contact: PAYING BANK OFFICIAL EMAIL:email@example.com
Direct line: +447452-379147
Complete Verification and fund release form to them.
(vii) Valid ID Card:
You are to mention the above particulars of your payment in every correspondence to enable validate your winnings.
Confirm Receipt of this mail with REF: UNGB7883EJP6TUND10005 to BANK OF SCOTLAND [BOS] and you will be duly informed on what next to do and receive your funds straight to your account within the space of five working days.
INTEGRITY IS THE KEY
For World Bank Group