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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 phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "u.k " (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Washington Trust Bank <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2021 02:27:57 -0800
Subject: Thank you for banking with us...Yours In service.
WASHINGTON TRUST BANK (USA)
Address: 717 West Sprague Avenue Spokane,
Contact Person: Mr. Peter F. Stanton,
Chairman and CEO
Washington Trust Bank,
Good news ....After our Conference meeting today with President of United
States of America Joe Biden concerning your payment here in Washington
D.C with United States Governments /Homeland Security/FBI/CIA/AFRICA
GOVERNMENTS and Legislatures concerning the Postponement of your
Inheritance Contract payment of USD$200,000,000.00 the Presidency have
Re- Approved your Inheritance Contract payment and he vows that your
payment must be release to you this time without any more delay through
the assistance of Mr President Joe Biden Government has acknowledged that
your USD$200,000,000.00 should be released from our banks(WASHINGTON TRUST
BANK)as we have received your USD $200,000,000.00 in your name now ...
..Again, we are ready to transfer your USD $200,000,000.00 now to your
nominated account or by Atm card payment as you choose .... According to
the instructions from the Presidency Joe Biden Governments PAYMENT OPTION
(ONE) the Only thing this project will cost you is to Secure TRANSFER
PERMIT CERTIFICATE(TPC) which must secure in your name from office of the
Presidency United States of America before our bank will transfer your
USD$200,000,000.00 to your nominated bank account and also to enable the
United States Government use its immunity Coverage to back your transfer
up and make sure that it hits your nominated bank account without any more
delay.... PAYMENT OPTION (TWO) If you need your payment via MasterCard you
will be Responsible for INSURANCE AND Courier fees only to ensure
successful Delivering of your Master ATM Card to your doorstep and as soon
as you receive it you will start withdrawing and making transfers from your
Master Atm card from our bank here. .... See attached my working id card
for your Authentic Recognition.... Get back with your details and any of
your Id cards to enable us to start processing of the transferring of your
$200 million into your nominated bank account without any more delay ....
Be rest assured that the storm is over if you adhere to the Instructions
you must receive your long inheritance Contract payment which you have
spent a lot of money on and till today you never received any single cent
from those impostors from Africa U.K and have your peace for many years
..... We await your positive Response.....Thank you for banking with
us...Yours In service.
Mr. Peter F. Stanton Chairman and CEO
Washington Trust Bank.
Phone: +1 509 237 7090 Whatsapp Number.
Address: 717 West Sprague Avenue
Spokane, WA U.S.A