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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:
- The following fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- "industrial and commercial bank of china" (not involved with lotteries)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "K. ASHOK" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2021 19:17:55 +0100
Subject: Re: Attn: Beneficiary
I hope this email finds you well; i am Mr. A. Ashok, head of admin and
pubic relation officer of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
This is to notify you that your name/email was selected among the two
beneficiary that Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is
compensating with USD$2Million each. This compensation is to help
individuals that lost their Job/works to convid-19.
You are advised to contact Deut Bank on this email
( email@example.com ). Send them your (1) Full Name (2) Home or
Office Address (3) Your Mobile/Landline. And also include your
transaction code number which is ( 57HYH) Without this code you will
not be attended to.
Mr. A. Ashok