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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:
- 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 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Charles Konan Banny" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2021 01:36:06 -0700
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION
BCEAO BANK BENIN REPUBLIC
Adresse Avenue Jean-Paul II
BoÃ®te postale 01 BP nÂ°325
TÃ©lÃ©phone: 00 229 90236133
Our Ref: Payment Approval File No: FGB/NNPC/IMF/BATCH#9271000
Reference Code: 20144
This is to inform you that we received an immediate Payment Order from
the UNITED NATION and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executives, to
release your outstanding payment sum of $250,000.00 USD within the
next three (3) working days to you FOR SCAM VICTIMS/POVERTY
ALLEVIATION AND COVID19 RELIEVE PROGRAM 2021.
We have been authorized to release the funds to you with immediate
effect, so you have to confirm your details as listed below to enable
us process your payment immediately.
1. Your Full Names..........
2. Your Resident Address..............
3. Your Cell/Phone Numbers.........
4. Your ID card, or Passport Copy: .........
5. Gender/Age: .........
6. Occupation: .........
Note that all the fees has been paid by United Nation in conjunction
with European Union (EU), UNITED STATES AMERICA (USA) And Africa Union
(AU) execpt only the $65 which you have to pay before receiving your
Mr.Charles Konan Banny
phone : +22990236133