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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:
- "million 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "CIBC Bank USA" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2020 04:01:30 +0100
Subject: CIBC BANK USA
U.S. Region Corporate Headquarters CIBC
120 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
This message is from World Health organization and CIBC Bank USA. The World Health organization deposit some fund in your name in our bank ( CIBC Bank USA ). However, i wish to inform you that a woman submitted her name claiming to be your local representative, to get your fund which is the sum of $34.5 million dollars. Her details and banking particular was among the list certified for payments, see below and confirm for the account she submitted for transfer of your fund.
Beneficiary: Ms. Susan Rice.
Bank Name: The Commerce Bank
Bank Address: 1072, Richmond av
Staten Island, New York
Account Number: 4121097896,
Swift Code: CBNAUS33.
As soon as you receive this fund make sure that you help various charity homes and pay your Tilth and also make sure that you build orphanage homes for GOD from the total funds OK!
Please confirm this information and get back to us so we can proceed further to transfer her the fund if you know her. This notification is from the board of financial.
Mr. George Johnson (Staff)
CIBC Bank USA