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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: "Info" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2021 21:54:57 +0200
Subject: Interest payment
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA
OUR REF: UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA/435/X0/027
RE: PAYMENT ON ACCRUED INTEREST OF US$1.5M
I am Mr. Chris Owusu, Head of Swift Transfer Unit of united bank for Africa. Some time ago, in our bank your payment was brought to our bank from Apex Bank, and after some period, this money was taken back to the Government treasury. For the period of time this money was in our bank, it generated an
interest of US$1.5 Million, which we are about to be pay to you.
For your information and advice, you need to hasten up to pick this Fund because from time to time the Apex Bank auditors do come to our bank to cross-check our files and our financial update, the earlier you comply with the demands of the transferring of the fund, the faster the action, because the Apex Bank officials wants the accrued interest to be paid to them but we refused, so when they find out that this interest fund is still in our bank they will want to call back the money to the Government treasury.
What we need from you now is any form of your identification for example; your international passport or your driver's license, then your telephone and fax number for easy communication with your receiving bank account details.
As a matter of fact we don't have enough time to waste since we have wasted time in contacting our respective customers, so try and comply with the entire necessary requirement for remittance. Contact me on this email: firstname.lastname@example.org expecting youre immediately response.
For your information we are paying you for now US$1.5M
Your urgent response is imperative
Mr. Chris Owusu
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