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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:
- "outstanding contractors" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "to your nominated bank account" (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)
- ",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)
- "fund beneficiary" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Patrick Davis." <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:39:38 +0100
Subject: CERTIFIED AND APPROVED THE PAYMENT OF ($10,500,000.00 )
CITI FINANCE BANK OF GEORGIA
Our Ref: FNB-0XX2/482/2016
CERTIFIED AND APPROVED THE PAYMENT OF ($10,500,000.00 )
This is to alert you that we received your fund worth the sum $10,500,000.00 from the Bank of USA ,we apologies for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences we might put you through, Meanwhile we were having some minor problems with our payment system which in all case not meeting up with fund beneficiary payments, we apologies once again.
From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with federal Government your name was discovered as next on the list out of the 11 outstanding, contractors who have not yet received their payments during the 3 years tenure of the previous administration in office please bear with us for making this initial contact through email.
Meanwhile, a woman Called Bobbie Butler from New york came to this bank a few days ago with a letter claiming to be your true representative. Here is her informationâs below.
Bank name: Wells Fargo
Account name: Bobbie Jo Butler
Bank address: 2910 Sunset Avenue Ricky Mount NC 27803
Account No : 5106612285
Please do reconfirm to this bank as a matter of urgency if this woman is from you or not so that the federal government will not beheld Citi Finance Bank usa for paying into wrong account, if this woman is not your representative, you requested to fill and send this informationâs for verifications purpose so that your fund valued ($10,500,000.00 ) will be remitted in to your nominated bank account through our online pay your self center
Kindly reconfirm to the bank the following
1 Your Full Name:
2. Your Current Address:
4. Your telephone numbers and fax
5. Banking details
6. Age and Sex
7. Scan copy of your valid ID card.
As soon as this information is received, your funds will be wired to your bank account directly from Citi Finance Bank. We shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Mrs.Bobbie Butler if we do not hear from you within the next Seven working days from today.
We are sorry for any inconvenience the delay in transferring of your fund must have caused you. Be informed that this is CITI FINANCE BANK USA you can call this phone to discuss with the manager in charge (+1-6788705716
YOUR SWIFT RESPONSE IS HIGHLY NEEDED IN THIS RESPECT.
International Payment Department
CITI FINANCE BANK OF GEORGIA
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org