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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 united states 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)
- ",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)
- "power of attorney" (with your bank details and a power of attorney form criminals sometimes empty bank accounts)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: CENTRAL BANK <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2021 00:27:45 -0800
Subject: Online Account Be Terminated
In Our office Was A Presence Of One Mr. Shem Pullen of 343 mustang
St prairie Lea Texas 78661 with his ID attached .filing application
contrary to your pending fund transfer. The above mentioned person
visited this Bank yesterday with a power of attorney given in his
favor by your good self, granting him the benefit to process and claim
your inheritance of $5,000,000.00( Five Million United States Dollars
Only) for personal reasons.
He further Stated that the online account be Terminated while the fund
should be wired to his Bank account with J.P Morgan Chase, NY,
Routing Number 021000021 Acct 066196-221 Bank
Address: One Chase Manhattan Plaza
New York, NY 10005
.Our office have ask Mr. Shem Pullen return back to the Bank within
48hours to enable us have a personal confirmation from you being
hitherto the beneficiary.
We are sorry to have delayed your instruction in giving out this fund
since we must adhere to the mod-us operands of this honorable bank by
making sure this request is verified and confirmed by the beneficiary
and his existing attorney.
Thanks and God Bless,
Mr Godwin Emefiele .
Central Bank Governor
You Can Reach me On this Line CENTRAL BANK PLC.