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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 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 (Outblaze.com, Hong Kong; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr David Richard" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:34:51 -0500
Subject: Notification of Approved ATM Card
Inter Bank Clearinghouse
United States of America
Approval No; UN5685P
No.-35460021 Allocation No:67463
339331, Pin Code No: 55674
IMF FUND UNITED STATES UNIT END OF THE YEAR GRANT AWARD
Your approved fund will be release to you as a grant award.this Funds will be declared un-serviced by the Bank Managements and consequently be confiscated. The time frame is very short and ATM Card payment is the fastest means of getting this done. This is to officially inform you that (ATM Card number 4539 7978 0214 3027) has been accredited in your favor. Your Personal Identification Number is 5199.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion takes place January. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our America booklet representative office in United States as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, You advise to forward your information immediate for quick payment, send your details such as.Your Name: Cell Phone: Delivery Address.
Mr David Richard
ATM Logistic Units
STATEMENT OF CONFIDENTIALITY;
The information contained in this electronic message and any attachments may contain confidential or privileged information intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message and any attachments. In accordance with Electronic Communications Privacy Act,18 U.S.C.§§ 2510-2521