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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 united states 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: "Ocbc Bank London" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2018 20:52:22 +0200
Subject: CHANGE OF ACCOUNT PARTICULARS ON YOUR PAYMENT FILE
RE: CHANGE OF ACCOUNT PARTICULARS ON YOUR PAYMENT FILE
Following the directives received from the World Bank , United Nations and International Bank of Settlement, in conjunction with Office of the OCBC Bank London Exchange Information On-line Service, as a result of petitions and counter petitions by foreign contractors/beneficiaries over non-payment of their contract claims and
inheritance, this office has been appointed to look into all overdue contract payments yet to be released for verification, vetting and immediate Cash Payment of the sum of USD$10.5 Million United States Dollars Only.
Your name is among the list of beneficiaries short-listed for immediate payment. Be informed that there are different accounts submitted for your payment by your local representatives in conjunction with the KTT Director. We do not know into which account to effect your payment.Please, you are hereby required to verify the following immediately: -
1.Did you AUTHORIZE one Mr. Jack Law, whose Passport Photograph is hereby attached below to claim and receive the payment on your behalf?
2.Did you sign any "Deed of Assignment" in his favor? Thereby making him the current beneficiary with the following account details: Account Name: Mr. Jack Law , Account No: 114-102-5567-8,
You are required as a matter of urgency to confirm the legitimacy of the above claim and kindly give us reason why you decided to affect the above Change of Account. If you are not aware of this claim, please confirm to us immediately by stating your authentic account details, contract number and your direct contact telephone for immediate communication and confirmation.
Finally, Due to the long delay this payment has suffered, be rest assured that immediately these payment irregularities are cleared, you would receive your fund immediately. Note that we are bound to recognize Mr. Jack Law's claim, if you fail to promptly response/communicate to this inquiry following the Deed of Assignment he submitted to claim this payment.
Make sure you get back to me as soon as possible so that the necessary action will be taking immediately without further waste of time.
MR. MARK EDWARD
POSITION: TELEX DEPARTMENT OF OCBC BANK LONDON