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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.
- 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 (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- attn: nathan bostock chief executive officer email; email@example.com department code: 85750 contact the bank today and furnish (Aol; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "From Rev. Richard.G Homes" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2022 13:14:54 -0800
Subject: Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
Office Hours Monday To Saturday:
International Monetary Fund,
700 19th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20431
We hope this notification arrives meeting your good health and
mind.Series of meetings have been held over the past 7 months with the
secretary general of the United Nations Organization and the IMF. This
ended 3 days ago.
It is obvious that you have not received your funds which is to the
tune of $10.5 million
due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the funds
to themselves for
their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of
your funds all in an attempt to swindle your funds which has led to so
many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations
and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate
to the government of the states the exercise of clearing all foreign
debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have
been founds not to have receive their Contract
We are happy to inform you that based on our recommendation your
outstanding funds of over-due payment in tone of USD $10.5M has been
credited in your favor with Santander Bank London UK. Having said all
this, we will further advise that you go ahead in dealing with the
Santander Bank UK,accordingly as we will be monitoring all their
activities with you as well as your correspondence at all levels.
NOTE: There are numerous Frauds emails on the internet, imposters
impersonating names and images. We therefore warn all the beneficiary
to be very careful with any claim email you receive prior to these
irregularities so that they do not fall victim to this ugly
And should in case you are already dealing with anybody or office
claiming that you have a payment with them, you are to STOP further
contact with them immediately in your best interest and contact the
real bank CEO of Santander Bank London UK only where your funds is
laying, with the below information:
Bank Name: Santander Bank London
Attn: Nathan Bostock
Chief Executive Officer
Department Code: 85750
Contact the bank today and furnish them with this information below
for processing of your payment/funds accordingly.
DIRECT CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER:
we will want you to contact them immediately with the above email
address so as to enable them attend to your case accordingly without
any further delay as time is already running out.
Should in case you need any more information in regards to this
notification, feel free to
get back to me so that we can brief you more as we are here to guide
you during and after this project has been completed.Please send your
reply to our alternative e-mail
address as follows:(email@example.com)
Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation.
Rev. Richard.G Homes (Director)
International Monetary Funds
Head Department Washington D.C.Â© 2020