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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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr Ms. Kristalina Georgieva" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2021 10:35:55 -0700
Subject: RE; PAYMENT OF $USD5.2M
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND IMF (HQ1)
700 19th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
To the knowledge of the Beneficiary.
RE; PAYMENT OF $USD5.2M
2021 UNPAID FUND RECOVERED LETTER
In our efforts to foster global monetary cooperation secures financial
stability and facilitates individual company economic growth.
The IMF through our international monitoring network has recovered
your UNPAID FUND $USD5.2M that has been on hold.
We hereby advise you to reconfirm to this office officially if you are
the person that instructed MR. JIANHAI LIN of America to claim and
receive the payment on your behalf before we send your fund transfer
instruction to one of our approved paying banks to contact you for the
release of your fund.
For your information we have the following banks as our
nominated/approved payment banks, Lloydâs Bank London, Citibank New
York and CMB WING LUNG Bank Hong Kong.
Please, Re-confirm as follows
(1) Your Full Name........?
(2) Full Residential Address: (P.O.BOX NOT ALLOWED)?
(4) Beneficiary Amount?
(5) Direct and Current Phone?
(6) Passport identification?
Please you are also required to act and clarify the following immediately:
1. IS Mark Rogers your local representative?
2. Did you broker your fund to one Mr. WILLIAMS RAYMOND of America to claim?
And receive the payment on your behalf?
3. Did you sign any âDeed of Assignmentâ in his favor, thereby making
him the current beneficiary with the following account details to
receive your fund?
Mr. WILLIAMS RAYMOND
Address 55601 SWAN RD.SUNRIVER BEND, OREGON 97707
Account Name: WILLIAMS RAY JUNIOR
Bank Name: WELLS FARGO
Bank Address: 450 NE WINDY KNOLLS DR BEND,OR,97701
Beneficiary Account Number: 8210526748
Routing Number for wire Transfer: 12100024
Please confirm so that we can proceed with your fund payment as we
donât anticipate any further delay.
Contact Mr. Jianhai Lin.
Operation department for further Directive.
Thank you and have a nice day.
Dr Ms. Kristalina Georgieva
IMF Managing Director