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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:
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Federal Reserve Bank" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2020 05:53:52 -0400
Dear Respected Customer,
My Name Is Mr. John C Williams, And I Am Reaching Out To You Regarding A
Recent Consolidation Of Your Bank Funds. Your Compensation Files From Four
Banks Were Compiled Earlier This Month And Submitted To Me For Review,
Your Accrued A Trust Sum Of $1,300,000.00 Usd.
We Attempted To Contact You Multiple Times, And Hope This Gets To You.
Because You Had Not Claimed Your Trust Before The International Fund
Transfer Changes In 2018, Your Account Was Compiled And Locked As A
Non-Deductible Escrow Account At The Federal Reserve Bank. This Account Is
In Your Name, And Requires Accreditation Before We Can Release The
In Order To Speed Up The Process, I Have Conducted A Thorough Verification
Process To Confirm That You Are The Individual Attached To This Account. I
Have Also Confirmed That You Have Fulfilled All The Necessary Obligations
And Have A Proper Credit Rating To Enable The Release Of Your Payment Into
A Personal Account Of Your Choice.
The Trust Fund Has Been Authorized For Release By The Federal Reserve
Bank, Which Has Your Registered Consolidated Account. You Are Approaching
A Three Year Non-Response, And Your Fund Will Be Released Back To The
Four Banks If You Do Not Contact Our Office Within The Next Four Weeks.
The Federal Reserve Bank Utilizes A Secured Macro Transfer System, And
Your Funds Can Be Transferred In 2-5 Days If You Reply To This Authorized
Email With The Following Information. The More Information You Provide,
The Quicker The Approval Process Will Be Completed.
Now we have three approved medium in which is mapped out by our board of
director and international monetary fund (IMF) to transmit your fund's to
you, which are;
1. Bank wire transfer
2. Federal Reserve Bank Online Transfer
3. Official ATM Card
4. Cash Delivery
I Anticipate Your Timely Response Before The Account Deactivates.
Note: According To Our Agreement With The Assigned Legal Solicitor
From The Imf And Un, All Our Communications Should Be On E-Mail, Or
Sms +1 For Record Purpose.
Sir. John C. Williams,
Phone Number ..+1 (940)217-0822
President And Chief Executive Officer.
Federal Reserve Bank .