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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:
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- 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. Ban Ki-Moon<INFO@LEE.COM>
Date: 29 Sep 2021 03:54:14 +0200
Subject: YOUR SWIFT (A.T.M CARD) PAYMENT CENTRE .
This is to officially inform you that we have verified your
contract/inheritance file presently on my desk, and I found out
that you have not received your payment due to your lack of co-
operation and not fulfilling the obligations giving to you in
respect to your contract/inheritance payment since 2008.Secondly,
you are hereby adviced to stop dealing with some non-officials in
the bank as this is an illegal act and will have to stop if you
so wish to receive your payment immediately.
After the board meeting held at our headquarters, we have
resolved in finding a solution to your problem, and as you may
know, we have arranged your payment through our SWIFT CARD
PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America and Asia Pacific, which is the
instruction given by our president, Chief Musa YarâAdua (GCFR)
Federal Republic of Nigeria.
This card centre will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to
withdraw your money in an ATM MACHINE in any part of the world,
but the maximum is ($15,000) Fifteen Thousand Us Dollars in three
transactions per day. So, if you like to receive your fund this
way,you are advice to get back to us with the following
information below to enable us get back to you quickly with full
details on how to receive your card.
(1) Your Full Nameâ¦â¦
(2) Address where you want the payment centre to send your ATM
(3) Phone And Fax Number.. â¦..
We shall be expecting to receive your information. Therefore, you
have to stop any further communication with anybody or office On
this regards, do not hesitate to contact Mr.Ruster Russel with
the above mentioned information.
ContactÃ§ Mr.Ruster Russel
Thanks for your co-operation.
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
UN Secretary General.
Note: Because of impostors, we hereby issue you with our code of
conduct, which is (776) so you have to indicate this code when
contacting or emailing this CARD CENTRE. at Email: