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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.
Fraud email example:
From: Citigroup Inc <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2021 09:54:00 -0400
Subject: FUND CREDIT NOTIFICATION
Citigroup Investment banking company
Headquarters: New York,United States
Phone No: (712)355-7640
FUND CREDIT NOTIFICATION
We have this day received a payment credit instruction from the United
States Senate's/United States House of Representatives to credit your
account with your full Inheritance fund of (US $10.5Million USD) from
the Online emails lucky data bases in receipt of scams victims with
the con-ligation of UNITED NATION ORGANIZATION.
Secondly the law stated that every beneficiaries will take care of the
expense base on your favorable means of receiving as listed here and
its the law gilding the offer. Finally this compensate have a terminal
date therefore any beneficiary who refuse or delayed to comply
earlier, will definitely miss his/her fund and its just one weeks
guarantee as directed.
Please do provide the above information accurately, because this
office cannot afford to be held liable for any wrong transfer of funds
or liability of funds credited into a ghost account.
Please Kindly Confirm your information below
Your Full Name:
Youâre Contact House Address:
Name of City of Residence:
Country of Residence:
Direct Mobile Telephone Number:
ID Card, DL or Passport Copy:
Age and Occupation
As soon as the Payment information is received, your funds will be
wired to you directly from Citigroup Investment banking company ,We
are sorry for any inconvenience delay in transferring your fund,we
must have caused you get back to us as soon as possible.
You alerted reply urgent
Chief executive of Citigroup,Investment banking company