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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:
- "million united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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)
Fraud email example:
From: roney jone <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2022 05:26:10 -0800
Subject: ATTENTION BENEFICIARY
AMERICAN AMEGY BANK ATM CARD
77033-South West Fwy #1100
ADDRESS: HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA, 33021 USA.
TEL/ 1-832 528 8959
Our Rrf: Rfs/Rf D/xxx2021
FUND REMITTANCE DEPT
The office of AMERICAN AMEGY BANK ATM CARD, hereby write to confirm to
you that we received information From (IMF) to release your
Inheritance Approved fund US$5,000.000.00 to your designated bank
account, With the ATM CARD deliver to your door step, We have verified
The Fund Authenticity, and we have been able to confirm that the FUND
is100% LEGAL, And the money must be successfully confirmed in Your
Bank Account with the ATM CARD deliver to your door step immediately,
And you are legally entitled to receive a sum of US$ 5,000.000.00(FIVE
MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS) we also authenticate the fact that your
entitled amount of US$5,000.000.00 is safe for immediately remittance
to your own designated Bank Account, with the ATM CARD which we
deliver to your door step, All the necessary official modalities is
being finalized in your favor and the remittance Director of this
office AMERICAN AMEGY BANK ATM CARD, shall communicate with you with
great success within the next few hours you comply firstly with this
instruction given in this letter,
The information has been programmed in our wire system for final
remittance of your Inheritance Approved Fund, To notarize your file
and certify your Fund for remittance,You are required to send your
Bank Account details, Your full Name your bank address and telephone
numbers to this office of AMERICAN AMEGY BANK ATM CARD immediately,
However, At the receipt of your Bank Account details, we will notarize
your file, certify your Fund for immediate remittance and credit your
nominated Bank Account within 24hours of receiving the Bank Account
I look forward to your response.
Mr. RICHARDSON EDWARD,
Head of Banking Operations AMERICAN AMEGY BANK ATM CARD,
TEL/ 1-832 528 8959
Reply to Email:firstname.lastname@example.org