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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.
- 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:
- "million 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)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: MR DAVID FLECTHER <"www."@fork.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: MR DAVID FLECTHER <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:16:54 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ZINETH BANK PLC MASTER ATM CARD TODAY!!!
This is to Inform you that your MASTER ATM CARD is ready for delivery with card Number: 5399 4111 0244 8161, which will be attached in our next email and It has been approved and upgraded in your favour. Meanwhile, your Secret Pin Number is 6312. The ATM Card Value is $5Million Dollars Only. You are advised for a maximum withdrawal value of US $5000.000 daily. It has been accredited in your favour for shipment. We are mandated to pay those scammed victims from Asia, America, and Europe, your Name and Email Address where among listed as one of the lucky beneficiaries due to be compensated. we are only doing this to retain the good image of this country Nigeria West Africa, Do revert back to us with your co-ordinates listed below information to enable us educate you on the modalities for a successful claims of your $5Million compensation. Details below for re-confirmation:
Your Full Name_______________________
Please do feel free to direct your email back with required information to person in charged of ATM Program/Delivery from ZENITH BANK PLC, the swift card has been specially prepared to enable you withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is Five Thousand Dollars Only per day, due to security reasons, so you are therefore advised to direct all your mails to me with the required information as stated below.
Group Managing Director/CEO
ZENITH BANK PLC
These will enhance the immediate processing of this transaction to a successful one.