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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Joy Owolabi--Daudu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2021 05:05:23 -0700
Subject: DEAR GOOD FRIEND ==== GET BACK QUICKLY TO ME
Dear Good Friend,
PRIVATELY & CONFIDENTIALLY FOR ETHICAL AND SECURITY REASONS
I have chosen to contact you privately and confidentially through
this platform for ethical and security reasons, to inform you of a
development which requires your urgent attention. A part payment of
U.S$5.5M in your favor which has already been programmed into the
micro chips of our Wire transferring computers for a SWIFT transfer
into your bank account today was stalled by a presentation personally
by one Mr. Marc .A. Wiener of USA and his Attorney.
He, Mr. Marc .A. Wiener presented to us a well executed "Deed of
Assignment", and told us that "he is your next of kin" and that you
died in a fire outbreak last Two weeks. He submitted his account as
shown shown,for us to transfer the fund to him:
North Fork Bank
2050 Jericho Tnpk.Commack, NY 11725
Account Number: 2051085880
Routing Number: 021407912
BENEFICIARY : Marc A. Wiener
His contact phone number is 1-516 316-3952
As the substitution/replacement request was brought to my table for
endorsement, I, Mr. George Tugbo, out of curiosity, asked Mr.Marc .A.
Wiener to come back tomorrow for his transfer, as an opportunity
anyway, for us to get a confirmation from your email address. We
therefore, need a response of confirmation or rebuttal urgently to
this email (email@example.com ) and have it addressed to:
Attention: Mr. George Tugbo,
Director; Foreign operations, Security,Intelligence, & Investigations.
Access Bank Nigerian Plc.
Direct Phone: +234 705 241 5748
Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration.
Principal & confidential secretary For,
Mr. George Tugbo.