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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- 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 (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Katherine Taylor" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2021 16:17:50 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary:
From the Office of Mrs Katherine Taylor, Director, Anti-Fraud Unit
Financial Services Regulatory Committee World Bank United Kingdom
Office No: 55 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 3DT, United Kingdom
CONTACT E-MAIL:( email@example.com)
Ongoing Sequence Review of all unclaimed funds. We are not sure that
you have received our previous message, but we wish to use this means
to officially inform you that after the ongoing review of all Funds
not claimed and delayed by the United Nations and the World The Bank,
in collaboration with the Monetary Fund International (IMF) sent your
payment file to our Office for immediate payment of your overdue
funds, beginning with a first transfer of twelve million, two hundred
thousand United States dollars (Euros 12,200,000.00) with the reference
number. WBC / LU-14GN, to your bank account or to be delivered by ATM
CARD TO YOUR ADDRESS.
However, we are surprised to receive another Request from an SR this
morning. ROBERTO BERNHARDT who claims to be his Representative,
stating that he authorized him to transfer the Funds to another bank
account in Switzerland and that he was recently involved in an Auto
Accident and cannot walk right now.
Could you immediately confirm your relationship with
MR.ROBERT BERNHARDT and also, please confirm if the Swiss Bank Account
that you provided us to Transfer such Fund as shown below is now your
new Bank Account information in
Switzerland will receive their Funds this week from our Payment Bank.
CREDIT SUISSE, CH-8038 ZÐ¬RICH, SWITZERLAND
ACCOUNT NO: 5018 1448 1308
IBAN: CH19 0483 5018 1448 1308 1
SWIFT CODE: CRESCHZZ80A
PLEASE reconfirm your account or ADDRESS INFORMATION FOR THE DELIVERY
OF YOUR ATM CARD AND YOUR FULL NAME and contact me again.
FOR THE DELIVERY OF THE ATM CARD, YOU CAN CONTACT OUR Global Red Cross
Regional Logistics Office, # 33, ATB Way Cadastral Zone, Istanbul,
COME BACK TO US WITH THE FOLLOWING DETAILS.
YOUR FULL NAME:::::::::::::::::::::::
SPEAK TO :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
A VALID IDENTITY CARD.
On behalf of the United Nations, the World Bank and the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), we sincerely apologize for the delay in receiving
the funds from your compensation contract and apologize for any
inconvenience this may have cost you.
RESPOND IMMEDIATELY receive this EMAIL TO GET MORE DETAILS ABOUT
PAYMENT so that we can begin the payment process with immediate effect
so that you transfer your funds to your bank account with NO DELAY
Mrs. Katherine Taylor
Director, Anti-Fraud Unit Financial Services Regulatory Committee
World Bank Office No: 55 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 3DT, UK
CONTACT E-MAIL: (firstname.lastname@example.org)