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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:
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mike Akwa" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2018 15:21:54 +0930
Subject: Did You Ask Anyone To Claim Your Fund?
Attn: BENEFICIARY. RE: APPLICATION FOR CHANGE OF ACCOUNT PARTICULARS. =
I am the newly appointed Director United Nation Legal Affairs,Security =
and Investigation, TO look into foreign outstanding overdue payments. Follo=
wing the directives received from the Office of the President, Federal Repu=
blic of Nigeria, as a result of petitions and counter petitions by foreign =
contractors and fund inheritors over non-payment of their contract claims, =
this office has been mandated to look into all overdue contract payments ye=
t to be released for vetting and immediate payment.Note.; that the money in=
question is $17.5 million usd to be transferred into your account. this mo=
ney was as a result of the over-invoicing of certain contracts by officials=
of the Petroleum Corporation N N P C .With no one laying claims to this ov=
er-invoiced amount. that is the origin of the fund. after much finding, it=
was discovered that you are the original beneficiary to the said contract =
entitlement.NOT;;CERSTIN WENGER SHENOUDA. This decision was taken bas=
ed on the abnormalities and inability of the BANKS in Nigeria to Release yo=
ur fund into your bank account Whereby it was discovered that some Director=
s in Central Bank of NIGERIA being the Federal Government of Nigeria were d=
iverting foreign beneficiaries funds to other accounts of their choice over=
seas. In view of this,during our investigation i found out that an account =
was submitted to divert your fund to a German account. Below is the account=
submitted on your behalf and I want you to reconfirm if you are aware of t=
he new development because we are about effecting payment to the account st=
ated below soon. if you are not aware of this man then reconfirm your infor=
mations. Beneficiary: CERSTIN WENGER SHENOUDA Bank: FRANKFURTER BANK =
A/C No.: 367840545 Code: 50050201 1. Did you broker your debt claims =
to one CERSTIN WENGER SHENOUDA to receive the payment on your behalf? 2=
.Did you sign any =201CDeed of Assignment=201D in her favour, thereby makin=
g her the current beneficiary with the following account details? Benef=
iciary: CERSTIN WENGER SHENOUDA Bank: FRANKFURTER BANK A/C No.: 367840545 C=
ode: 50050201 Be informed that a payment instruction has been issued an=
d forwarded to the Treasury Department in London in favor of you and for i=
mmediate release of your fund to the account above without any further prej=
udice. 3. You are required as a matter of urgency to confirm the legiti=
macy of the above claim and kindly give us reason why you decided to effect=
the above Change of Account. If you are not aware of this claim, please co=
nfirm to us through the above stated Your Full Names...................=
...... Your Complete Home Address....................... ..................=
........... Your Tel/Mobile Numbers........................................=
.... Scanned Copy of your International Passport...........................=
...... Due to the long delay this payment has suffered, be rest assur=
ed that immediately these payment irregularities are cleared, you would rec=
eive your fund remittance analysis for clearance of funds into your account=
. Note that we are bound to recognize CERSTIN WENGER SHENOUDA, if you fail =
to promptly respond to this inquiry following the Deed of Assignment she su=
bmitted to claim this payment. Make sure you get back to this office as soo=
n as possible so that the necessary action will be taking immediately. =
Yours faithfully, Mike Akwa. Director United Nation Legal Affairs,Secur=
ity and Investigation SW1P 4QH United Kingdom.