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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 next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Jude Chico" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2018 02:43:09 -0700
Subject: Re: confirm payment details.
This is to notify you that your overdue heritance fund has been gazette to be release to your bank account via Key Telex Transfer (KTT). Mean while, a man by name Mr. Scott Neville came up with application for transfer of fund into a certain account on your behalf, claiming to be the beneficiary's representative.
The following is the information he submitted for the transfer of the total fund approved:
Name: Scott Neville.
Bank name: WACHOVIA BANK New-York.
Account number: 6503809428.
Please, do re-confirm to us as a matter of urgency if this is truly from you as the Federal Ministry of Finance will not be held responsible for paying into any wrong account. All Foreign Overdue Inheritance Fund had been approved from the ESCROW account of the Foreign Affairs Ministry to handle the transfer of the fund.
The bank will proceed with this payments details into the presented account details, if we do not hear from you within the next seven (7) working days from Monday morning; this fund will be transferred to the account as presented by Scott Neville as recorded.
To clarify this, you are hereby advised to reply immediately with your confirmable details to enable us have your correct information where necessary for accurate transfer of fund. This fund would be remitted once confirmed that you send the above name to claim this fund on your behalf, make sure that you get back to us with the information for rectification of your payment soon.
Mr. Jude Chico.