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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:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Robert Greene <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:34:16 +0100
Subject: Federal Reserve Bank of New York,Final Payment Notification Release:
This is to inform you that We-have this day 20th Oct 2020
received a payment release order from The Federal government of the
United States to release your pending Inheritance fund of Twenty Five
Million Five Hundred Thousand United States dollars ($25,500,000.00)
from the US reserve account with our bank. Considering the
difficulties you have encountered trying to receive your funds in the
past, we have approved the release of your fund through Online Banking
This payment release method will allow you access your account online
anytime, any where. This option also give you the opportunity to
transfer funds to any account of your choice, both locally and
internationally using your Online Login I.D and Pass-code.
Before we proceed with further payment release arrangements, you are
urgently required to submit the following details below:
1. Full Name:
6. Contact Telephone Number:
7. Private Email Address:
9. Date of Birth:
12.Name of Next of Kin:
13.Address of Next Of Kin:
14.Phone Number of Next of Kin:
15.Relationship with Next of Kin:
16.A Scanned copy of You Passport Photograph ( Your Face Must Show
Please do provide the above information accurately As your Online
Banking Account will be processed based on the information Submitted
Thanks for banking with our bank while we looking forward to serving
you with the best of our service.
Thanks and God bless you.
Yours in Service,