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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 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:
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Monday James" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 16 May 2021 08:26:39 +0200
Subject: ATTENTION : MY DEAR
(WORLD BANK ASSISTED PROGRAM)
DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL
PAYMENT AND TRANSFERS.
870 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA 20-A NEW YORK NY 10017
WIRE TRANSFER/AUDIT UNIT
ATTENTION : MY DEAR
This is a true compensation Approved by the UNITED NATION to compensate you for been a victim of scam by the wrong people who paraded themselves on what they are not so because of this, the United Nation approved our Bank to process ATM MASTER CARD with valid cash of usd$2,000.000.00 million in your favor in order to compensate you. Also, once you receive your ATM MASTER CARD you can make withdrawals maximum of usd$20,000 (Twenty Thousand usd$) per day from any ATM MACHINE around you.
Meanwhile, a woman came to my office this morning with an application for transfer of the
fund into her account on your behalf, claiming to be your representative.
Here is the information she submitted for the transfer of your fund. Name MRS. DORIS
MORISON, Bank name: HSBC BANK, Account number: 6503809428.
Please, do re-confirm this office as a matter of urgency if this woman is truly from
you as this office will not be held responsible for paying your funds into the wrong account.
Your ATM MASTER CARD will be delivered to your address through courier delivery services
within 3 days.
BELOW ARE YOUR ATM CARD DATA :
AMOUNT CREDIT : USD$2.000.000.00 MILLION
YOUR ATM CARD ACCOUNT # : 4033052100311896
CARD LIMIT PER A DAY : USD$20,000
EXPIRING DATE : 12/12/2021
PIN CODE # : 7501
You are required to send me your full details such as :
Your full name
Your full contact Address
Your Telephone/mobile number
Once you send these above information your ATM MASTER CARD will be processed and delivered to your Address and you can go to any nearest ATM PAYING MACHINE and insert your pin code #: 7501 to make your withdrawals without any delay.
I am waiting to hear from you and your details as required.
Mr. Monday James
Director Swift Card Payment Center.