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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:
- "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 (Outblaze.com, Hong Kong; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. William H. Rogers Jr" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2021 20:33:22 +0100
Subject: Thanks for Banking with Us,
Welcome to SunTrust Banks, Inc .
Be Highly informed that the information so far received from the Federal
Ministry of Justice United State this morning stated that your total fund
valued at$87.7 million dollars must be legally transferred directly from
SunTrust Banks, Inc International Online transfer to satisfy the legality
and authenticity of the funds transferring.
In respect to this message of today, you are therefore advised to contact
SunTrust Banks, Inc for immediate processing and successfully opening your
online account in your name according to the statement by the authorities
I was finally made to understand that base on the financial law stipulated
therein under sub section 4B act59 on international fund transfer policy,
stated that any funds going outside the country to abroad that the
SunTrust Banks, Inc 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.
Kindly Contact the appointed paying SunTrust Banks, Inc online bank
transfer for immediate opening your online account in your name for your
successful transfer into your bank account.
Manager: Mr. William H. Rogers Jr
Thanks for Banking with Us,
Reply back through our custom care email:( firstname.lastname@example.org