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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:
- "swift card payment center" (this phrase is often used in the ATM card payment scam)
- "(ecowas)" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: obisheh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2020 15:42:49 +0100
Subject: PAYMENT DIRECTION
This is to officially make clear to you that we have confirmed your indenture heritage compensation file and fund out that your inability to receive your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you regarding your contract / inheritance payment. Secondly, it has been brought to our notice that some unauthorized con men still contacts you sequel to this fund; consequently, you are warned to resist intending to transact with them for the safety of this dealings if you wish to receive your payment because we have determined to bring a solution to your financial problem (if
any).At this spot in time, we have approved your payment of( $10.5m us dollars )through our swift card payment center as that is the most recent instruction bythe Federal Ministry of Finance, with incorporate of united nation, this card center will send you an inter switch powered ATM visa card for withdrawal of funds from any ATM station in any part of the world with daily maximum withdrawal limit of only Five Thousand Dollars per day, if you like to be given your fund in this manner, gently present us with the following information below
We Wish To Bring To You The Solution To This Problem. Right Now We Have Arranged Your Payment Through Our Swift Card Payment Centers, That Is The Latest Instruction From Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) I wish to advise you that such an illegal act have to stop if you wish to receive your
payment since we have decided to bring a solution to your problem.
Reconfirm the following Information to me if you are still willing to receive your funds:
A) Full Name:...
B) Email address...........
2. Phone number.......
5. Country......./ HOME ADRESS.....
6. A copy of your valid ID...
Mr obisheh john
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