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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "activation fee" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "into your nominated bank account" (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)
- "to your nominated bank account" (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)
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
Date: Sat, 06 Nov 2021 03:17:23 +0100
RBC Royal Bank Of Canada.
1122 International Blvd. Burlington,
Ontario L7L 6Z8 Canada.
contact email: email@example.com
I am Mr. David I McKay the President and CEO Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC)This transaction is won
by your e-mail address via an online active email address selected from the sponsor of Coca Cola
Company award With due respect and utmost courtesy,we write officially regarding the release of
your award Winning fund valued sum of $1.8 Million USD from Coca Cola Company which was approved
for release via Swift Telegraphic Wire Transfer into your nominated bank account.
The management of Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC) department wish to notify you that this honorable
bank Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC) was instructed by Coca Cola Company in conjunction with the
Canadian Finance Ministry and Canadian Ambassador to U.S on Winning payment matters which they
have empowered our bank Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC) after much consultation and consideration to
handle all Winning payments and release them to their appropriate beneficiaries accordingly.
I am Mr. David I McKay the President and CEO Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC), your appointed bank
officer who is working on your behalf for the actualization of fund crediting/transfer into your
personal bank account.Be well informed that our bank Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC) was successful
opened Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC) Checking Account in your name which will helps us to have a
smoothly transfer from Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC) to your Nominated bank account, and your Royal
Bank Of Canada (RBC) Checking Account Booklet and Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC) Platinum MasterCard
will Delivered to your destination house within the stipulated time frame of 24 hours upon
receipt of the Activation fee of $100 USD only. This means that as soon as we receive the
activation fee we will make the delivery of your Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC) Checking Account
Booklet and Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC) Platinum MasterCard to your address between 24 hours
Your Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC) account details are as follow;
Account Number: 6021253365.
Swift Code: 239936957
Routing # 053904483
Name Of Bank (RBC)
International Money Transfer
I will advise you to purchase any of this gift card noted below $100Usd and send it for easy
2: Steam Wallet Gift Card
3:Google Play Gift Card
Your immediate compliance will be in your very best interest.
If at any time you have questions, concerns or comments,please contact us as we strive to ensure
that you will always receive prompt and courteous attention.
David I Mckay
Phone: Call Or Sms +1561 485 5308
The President and CEO.
Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC)
Head Office Location Address:200 Bay Street,
Royal Bank Plaza
contact email; firstname.lastname@example.org