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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:
- "million 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)
- 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:
From: "Mr. William H. Rogers Jr" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 08:49:51 -0800
Subject: Dear Customer,
1117 48th Ave N,Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, United States, United States
After our general meeting this morning with the officials of this
bank, we have resolved that you will receive your $87.7 Million
dollars compensation fund via an online payment system , considering
the total amount in value.
In respect to this message of today, you are therefore advised to
contact the SunTrust Banks, Inc Department payment cash center for
immediate processing and successful remittance of your fund into your
designated bank account within the next 72 hours as soon as you meet
up with their requirements.
According to the statement by the authorities this morning, I was
finally made to understand that base on the financial law stipulated
therein under sub section 4B (act59) on international winning fund
transfer policy, stated that any winning funds all over the world that
the SunTrust Banks, Inc United States is the only Trusted and leading
bank that has every legal right to remit to avoid FBI or US DEPARTMENT
OF TREASURY INTERVENTION as it may interest you to know that AMERICAN
is a world power and has every legal right to stop any funds
transferring from anywhere in the world hence, feel free and follow
the instruction and directives ofSunTrust Banks, Inc United States
Department Online Banking payment center U.S. for immediately opening
your online account and sending you the login details to complete the
transfer into your personal country bank account.
Manager: Mr. William H. Rogers Jr
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