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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:
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",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)
- "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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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: Achieva Help Desk <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 00:05:52 +0100
Subject: If You Are Not Dead, Get Back To Me Immediately!!!
>From The Desk Of Achieva Federal
Credit Union Bank,1659 Virginia
St., PO Box 1500 Dunedin, FL 34697,
The United States.
USA International Wire Transfer
Monitoring Unit Department.
Our Website: https://www.achievacu.com/
Phone: +1 (951) 585-3408
My name is Mr. Eric Sears newly posted to Achieva Federal Credit Union,
here in Florida from the International Monetary Fund, United States. I was
sent here to rectify some mismanagement activities of some of the officials
at the Achieva Federal Credit Union and our Florida office, to ensure and
observe the payment and disbursement of beneficiary funds and all COVID-19
I observed a floating transfer here in your name worth $10.5million USD but
something doesn't add up in this transaction. I decided to contact you
because I observed that there is a power of attorney in your file
authorizing the transfer of this fund to this Switzerland bank account,
Bank Name: UBS SA Bank.
Address: CASE POSTALE 2600.1211, GENEVE 2 SWITZERLAND.
Account Holder: REMY BOUZARD.
Bank account No.: 7771806022.
Amount: 10,500,000.00 USD only.
Clearing: 0240 Bank S W I F T
Iban: CH26 0024 0240 7771 8060G,
but the signatures in the power of attorney are different from the
signature in your file which is an illegal attempt to divert the fund to a
If you are not dead, get back to me with the following information...
Active Phone Number:
Any Valid ID Card:
Send the above information at once and let me know if you authorized this
transfer because the supposed impersonator stated here that you are dead
and he is your next of kin. Your details will help us verify with we have
here and know if we have contacted the right person.
I am waiting for your immediate response.
Mr. Eric Sears
+1 (951) 585-3408 (Calls+Text)