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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "industrial and commercial bank of china" (not involved with lotteries)
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "huge sum of money" (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)
- "to your nominated bank account" (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 next of kin scam.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: jerry allen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 3 May 2021 20:49:06 +0000
Subject: FROM REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
Mr. Bob Chen
Vice President & Branch Manager
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (USA)
Hacienda Heights Branch
17180 Colima Road,
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745, USA
Seeing this email message would be a surprise to you but kindly read
it carefully and you will understand the reason why I am contacting
you for this purpose. However, this correspondence is un-official and
private, and it should be treated as such. I also guarantee you that
this transaction is hitch free from all what you may think of.
I am Mr. Bob Chen, Vice President & Branch Manager, Industrial and
Commercial Bank of China (USA) NA, Hacienda Heights Branch, California
and I am contacting you based on Trust and confidentiality that will
be attached to this transaction.
The Management and the Legal department of our bank (Industrial and
Commercial Bank of China (USA) NA) in a recent meeting
that the account of late Mr. Ron Bramlage, who was one of my branch
depositor, should be declared Dormant, confiscated and
the depositor's fund sent to the Bank Treasury according to U.S.A
Banking and financial law. Late Ron Bramlage died on 7th June 2012 in
plane crash with his family of six (6), his wife and four (4)
children, all died in an ill fated crash on that fateful day.
The bank having made several efforts to contact any of his relatives
to claim this money but without success decided to
confiscate the fund and declare it public fund.
You can read more from these websites:
Late Mr. Ron Bramlage was an account holder in my branch; he owns a
dollar account with a huge sum of money deposited in a Secret account
with my branch. In fact, since his death, no next of kin of the
account holder nor any relative of him has shown up for the claim of
this fund, this is because he has the account as a secret account the
left all the documents for the deposit with me
as his account officer and financial advisor.
This is where I am interested and where I want you to come in, I want
you to come in as a relative of the deceased; do not
bother that you are not in any way related to him because I am in
position to affix
your name as the next of kin to the deceased and no one will question
it since I am the officer in charge of the account. I
will give you the relevant documents and contacts to file the
application and then I will effect the approvals for the
transfer of the fund to your nominated bank account. I will be the one
to provide the vital documents for the claims of the
money and then advise you exactly how we should handle it.
Please include your telephone number when replying this mail so I can
call to give you more information as soon as you
indicate your willingness to assist in this transaction. The whole
Procedures will last only 9 working days to get the fund retrieved
successfully without trace even in future. After the transfer of the
money to your nominated bank account, we shall share the money
40-40.that is I will
have 40% while you will have 40%. Then the balance of 20% will be for
the Charity Organization
Kindly respond promptly so that I can advice you on what next to do.
I will be waiting to hear from you.
Vice President & Branch Manager,
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (USA) NA
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