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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "money laundering" ("anti-terrorist", "anti-money laundering" or "drug-free" certificates are a common way for criminals in fake lottery scams and other Advance Fee scams to get you to send money to them. There are no such certificates in the real banking world. )
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Majed Fraij Mustafa Hammad" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 20 Aug 2021 17:09:06 +0200
Subject: Re: Are your bank details with the NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK still valid?
In review of the alarming rate of Money Laundering and Extortion
observed by U.S Treasury Department, a petition to IMF,
International Regulatory Authority through the U.S Congress was
sworn into action that the governing body of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) facts finding department to investigate the
unnecessary delay of accredited payments, as your payment with
National Australia Bank details was among the listed
beneficiaries submitted for the approved Scheduled Payment.
In the Payment Schedule with the Debt Payment Review, you are
approved to receive a consolidated fund of $10M. The just
concluded IMF acquisition process of all pending payments with
the U.S Treasury Department resolved and agreed that all
unclaimed Funds should be released ASAP.
Based on these facts, please note that upon receipt of your
response we will process your unclaimed Funds, so if you like to
receive your fund, contact me for directives.
Note that I will be compensated when your account is credited as
this email is very private as your file will be giving top
PLEASE ARE THIS DETAILS STILL VALID.
BANK: NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK
ACCOUNT NAME: LESLIE BRADLEY
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 182342895
BRANCH NUMBER: 084424
SWIFT CODE: NATAAU3302S
Your immediate compliance to this will expedite actions on your
payment as we have a lot of listed beneficiaries to be settled
but we have contacted you privately.
Barr. Majed Fraij Mustafa Hammad