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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "World Bank Switzerland" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 08:24:11 -0700
Subject: RE:PAYMENT OF $10.5 MILLION
From World Bank Switzerland,
No 1 Postfach CH 4002 Basel Switzerland.
RE:PAYMENT OF $10.5 MILLION
I am instructed to keep you posted on the out come of our emergency
meeting with the World Bank president, Mr. David R. Malpass, international
monetary fund (IMF), London and Paris club and (UN) I hereby inform
you that your winnings/inheritance payment file have been Signed and
forwarded to the Capitec Bank South Africa and I am giving you the
contact of your Payment Officer in Capitec Bank who is in
charge of your fund.
Make sure you contact him with below details because he will help you
get your fund which was deposited with Capitec Bank
Name: Mr.Mark Ben
Make sure you contact Mr.Mark Ben with your full
name,address,age,your next of kin mobile phone number with a copy of
your valid id. he is the person in charge of the transfer of your fund
via Electronic funds transfer (EFT) from Capitec Bank South Africa to any bank
of your choice world wide which you will conduct by your self once the
transfers codes are release to you.
Upon your final transferring of your fund and confirmation in your
account don't fail to keep me posted for record purposes.
Congratulation as i await to hear from you.
World Bank International Auditor.