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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: OFFICE INFO <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2020 18:06:10 -0700
1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste.
510. Washington DC 20036
SWIFT (US): USBKUS44XXX
Founded: United States of America
Hours: Open 24 Hours
FOR YOUR INFORMATION: BENEFICIARY.
After today's board meeting of the management of this bank, Ministry
of Finance,Internal Revenue Service of the United States (IRS), The
Reserve Bank and the World Bank Directorate it was gathered that your
overdue compensation fund worth US$5 Million has been deposited with
this bank for onward payment/ transfer to your designated/choose bank
account. the reason for this is because your name was among the scam
victims that lost a lot of money to African and European Fraudsters,
you are hereby advised to without delay stop all contact going on
between you and anybody on internet because you will end up at
RE-CONFIRM YOUR BELOW DETAILS.
Your Full Name__________________________
Your Residential Address________________
Your Sex/ Age___________________________
Next of Kin_____________________________
The US bank will immediately remit your account once I reconfirm your
Your utmost response is needed to enable us proceed with your payment.
We are looking forward to hear from you.
Thanks for choosing US Bank.
Mr. Rick Ruzzi
Executive Region Manager