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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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "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 mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: STANDARD BANK <email@example.com>
Reply-To: STANDARD BANK <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 03:23:29 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: YOUR FUND RELEASE PAYMENT
STANDARD BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA
Tel Number: +27-61-609-7347
Fax Number: + 27-862-415-298
IRREVOCABLE OF RELEASE PAYMENT
I am ,Mr. Kenny Fihla Investment Banking working with STANDARD BANK SOUTH OF AFRICA this is to bring to your notice that my office has taking over all the money Transaction originated from any part of African, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, USA, Australia, European countries as Contract payment, Fund inheritance or Lottery Winning due to Unauthorized/incapability of financial Institutions/security companies In releasing such sum of $30.500,000.00 ( THIRTY MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED DOLLARS.) Winning Lottery form Standard Bank.
I am here to inform you that we have been authorized by the international Monetary Fund in conjunction with the World Bank to investigate the unnecessary delay of your Outstanding Contract Payment. We have also been empowered to recommend and approve your claims for payment if certified as genuine.
During the course of our investigation, we discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily delayed by some corrupt officials of the Bank who are Trying to divert the beneficiaries' Fund into their private accounts.
Hence Your Name appears as one of The fund beneficiaries whom their fund was successfully cleared recently From Terrorist and Money laundry and your money will be released to you through any of these means of your Choice that will be cash-able from any International Bank in your country been the only way you would receive Your money to avoid paying excess charges.
IMMEDIATE PAYMENT REF: SCBA/IRD/CBX/021/018
This is your New Payment Reference No.-35460021,
Allocation No: 674632, Password No : 339331 , Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit Payment No : 103 , Released Code No: 0763; Immediate Telex confirmation No: -1114433 ; Secret Code No: XXTN013 ,Having received these vital payment number,
To forestall this, security for your funds has been organized and for the safety of your funds we have been specifically advised to release this payment to you either by a Telegraphic Wire Transfer or ATM CARD/ MASTER CARD payment system to you. We have also agreed with the STANDARD BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA, Moreover we shall make this payment as recommended by the United Nations. And be informed the Accredited Bank is STANDARD BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA. This is to avoid the hopeless situation created by the Officials of the Previous Bank.
Therefore you are qualified now to received and confirm your payment with us immediately you reconfirm your Full Information to us.
Kindly re-confirm to me the followings:
1, First and last Name :...................
2, Direct Phone, Fax and Mobile : ............
4, Occupation ..............
5, Your Bank Details. .................
6, A copy of your Driving License or International Passport: .........
Head Corporate Banking Transactional Products & Services
Standard Bank Group Limited Jhb Branch South Africa
Chief Executive Officer & Transfer Services Manager
Standard bank Jhb Branch South Africa.
Office Line: +27-61-609-7347
Fax Line :+ +27-862-415-298kevin1
International Banking Division
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