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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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Noriza Arifin Binti" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2021 04:07:25 -0700
Subject: Please Contact Mr. Mohd Jammal Ahmad, email address for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Esteemed Customer,
I wish to keep you posted on the out come of our emergency meeting
with the World Bank president, International Diplomatic Forum,
international monetary fund (IMF), and United Nations (UN). I hereby
inform you that your winnings/inheritance payment file have been
Signed and forwarded to CIMB Bank Malaysia where you will be receiving
your fund via online banking wire transfer which you will need to do
by your self from any computer in your house or office .
Therefore you are advised to contact Mr. Mohd Jammal Ahmad, with the
below information for your immediate payment.
Below is your paying officer from CIMB Bank Malaysia
Name: Mr. Mohd Jammal Ahmad, ( 2019/2020 Chief Financial Officer )
Contact Email Address: email@example.com
TEL: +601 03-2087 04
Address: CIMB Bank Bhd, Menara Southern Bank 83,
Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara,
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,
Mrs. Noriza Arifin Binti.
Group Chief Information & Foreign Operations Office