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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Anthony Robert" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2022 06:55:12 +0100
Subject: Dear Approved Beneficiary
Attn: Account Holder
This is to notify you again that a new development has been made this
Year 2022-01-04 in which the Benin Republic Bank which is called First
City Monument Bank(FCMB) which has been holding your funds all this
while has been ordered to release it to you. The bank has created an
on-line bank account on your behalf and the on-line bank account has
been funded with the total sum of$8.5 mill in which you would be able
to withdraw any amount of money daily from the on-line account,
Below are the online bank account details Welcome! To - FCM Bank
Online Plc Secure Account Page
2021-08-16 Created Opened Account
Balance $8,500,000,00 USD
Sort Code. 00169381101-43372 1020-03-8733
Swift Code PNBPUS33
Account Number 1010169857504
The bank has also stated that you could be able to start accessing the
online bank account once the transfer code has been issued to you and
this code will be issued to you at the sum of $99Usd. The bank has
also directed that the payment should be sent through Bitcoin You are
to get Back to Me for the Bitcoin Wallet Address where to send the $99
Send the confirmation details to me as soon as you made the payment.
Once the payment of $99 Usd has been received by today, then the bank
would issue the TRANSFER CODE/TRANSFER PIN to you which you would use
to make the final transfer to any bank account of your choice.I would
be waiting for the details as directed as soon as possible, To This
Email in Bracket (FULL NAME: ==============
CURRENT HOME ADDRESS: ===========
TELEPHONE/CELL PHONE NUMBER.=========
SEX AND A COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION: ======== ).
THANKS FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION.