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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Briggs Eugene" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2020 21:54:54 -0800
Subject: Attention Uupaid Beneficiary !!!
Dear : Beneficiary
Good day and I hope this message meets you well, I am Briggs Eugene, the financial controller at ABN AMRO BANK, Plc, London branch.
Through my office, our bank has been given the mandate to release your long awaited funds which were domiciled in our bank for a long
period of time and your name is part of the beneficiary's marked for payment as overdue for release.
This payment is as a result of your inheritance , contract and investment fund which was not paid to you due to the constant request for an
un-ending fee by the previous paying banks which we are advised to keep anonymous.
To this effect, our bank has taken it upon itself as instructed by the World Bank through the concern authority to see that all overdue funds
belonging to all beneficiaries in and outside the United Kingdom are investigated and paid accordingly.
Kindly get back to me for further correspondence.
ABN AMRO BANK Plc