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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:
- ",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.
- 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 (O2, Poland; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Arab Bank" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2017 02:00:16 +0100
Subject: ARAB BANK ALERT (Deposit Notification)
ARAB BANK ALERT (Deposit Notification) This is to notify you of a deposit=
in your favor with Arab Bank, with details below: Transaction Type: DEPOS=
IT Transaction Amount: 15,500,000.00 Transaction Currency USD Account Numbe=
r 3XX..06X Transaction Narration WEB Dr @ 29866007-NEXT OF KIN*DEPOSIT 1800=
6994264 800-699 Transaction Remarks 413618896864 / 000000000730 Date and Ti=
me 26-September-2017. 05:22:26 Deposit charges: 2,345.97 Cleared Balance 15=
,497,654.03 Uncleared 0.00 For any other inquiries and log in details to =
your account, please contact our Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC) at arabb=
firstname.lastname@example.org Legal This email message is confidential and for use by the=
addressee only. If the message is received by anyone other than the addres=
see, please delete it from your computer. Arab Bank does not accept respons=
ibility for changes made to this message after it was sent. Whilst all re=
asonable care has been taken to avoid the transmission of viruses, it is th=
e responsibility of the recipient to ensure that onward transmission, openi=
ng or use of this message and any attachments will not adversely affect its=
systems or data. No responsibility is accepted by Arab Bank in this regard=
and the recipient should carry out such virus and other checks as it consi=