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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "we advice you" (this email uses bad English)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- 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: "CENTRAL BANK (CBN)" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 31 May 2020 23:19:51 -0700
Subject: Re: YOUR URGENT RESPOND IS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY TOWARDS THIS MATTER
Address: 13 Broad St, Lagos Island, Lagos
Hours: Closed · Opens 8AM Wed
We write to inform you that Series of meetings have been held over the past 2 weeks with the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization, International Community Board and U.S Department of State and Africa Union Organization this ended last week.
During the meeting, this organization discovered that you have not received your funds due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the release of your fund to you through our corresponding bank In Africa the UBA BANK.
The International Community Board Committee enhanced by the United Nations/ U.S. Department of State and Africa Union Organization have successfully passed a payment mandate to our bank, to clear all over due Contract funds, Lottery winnings and Inheritance funds owed to you and other individuals, organizations who have been found not to have receive their funds.
After the board meeting this morning with the WORLD BANK Directors which they instruct the Central Bank to compensate all scam victims with the sum of $1.5m, But the report we receive from you that you have ready instruct this Lady Ms. Nagisa Hamasaki to claim your fund which she also told us that you are no more alive that you have already given her instructions to claim your compensation fund of $1.5m the last time she visited you in hospital due to the car accident you have that she believe that you can not make it and the Bank decided to write you to confirm if you are dead or alive because this Lady Ms. Nagisa Hamasaki told us that you are no more alive that she is here to divert your fund to this Account that she present to us right now please respond to this email before taking any decision concerning this Lady because the WORLD BANK have instruct us to compensate all scam victims immediately and get back to them with your record file.
Below is the Account details we received from this Lady that you have given her instruction to claim this fund.
BANK NAME.Wells Fargo
BANK'S ADDRESS: 670 S. Western Ave. Los Angeles, California 90005
ACCOUNT NO: 597 082 9098
SWIFT CODE: WFBIUS6S
BENEFICIARY SIGNATURE; MS NAGISA HAMASAKI
We advice you to confirm us your information immediately you receive this massage before taking any decision on this Lady Ms Nagisa Hamasaki.
YOUR FULL NAME
YOUR HOME ADDRESS.
YOUR DATE OF BIRTH
YOUR CURRENT HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER.
A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE
YOUR CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS
Thank You For Banking With Us.
MRS. NGOZI EBANE
DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE UNIT,
CENTRAL BANK (CBN).