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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:
- "to your nominated bank account" (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)
- "fund beneficiary" (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)
- "affidavit " (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +448713582022 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: "BARCLAYS BANK PLC" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2022 21:57:48 -0700
Subject: Attention Beneficiary,
YOUR SWIFT RESPONSE IS HIGHLY NEEDED IN THIS RESPECT.....
Barclays Bank,London Uk
1 Churchill Place,
London, ENG E14 5HP
This is to inform you that we received your fund worth the sum 5,300,000.00 (Five Million Three Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) from the Barclays Bank United Kingdom,we apologies for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences we might put you through,we were having some minor problems with our payment system which in all case not meeting up with fund beneficiary payments, we apologies once again.
>From the records of outstanding Contract/Inheritance payment due for payment with British Government your name(Email) was discovered as next on the list out of the outstanding, Beneficiaries who have not yet received their payments during the 2 years tenure of the previous administration in office please bear with us for making this initial contact through email.
Meanwhile,My Office desks have just received a sworn affidavit from Mr.Phuong H Nguyen of 13702. Bent Tree Circle. Apt # 101 Centreville Virginia. 20121 to re-route your payment into a new bank account number as stated Bank Name: WELLS FARGO Bank, Address: 14011 Saint Germain Drive Centreville VA 20121, Account number #: 5711425537, Routing #:051400549. Direct Deposit.ABA #: 121000248.Swift/BIC Code #:WFBIUS6S Account Name: Mr.Phuong H Nguyen.
Please do reconfirm to this bank as a matter of urgency if this man is from you or not so that the British government will not beheld Barclays Bank for paying into wrong account, if this man is not your representative, you requested to fill and send this information for verification purpose so that your fund valued 5,300,000.00 (Five Million Three Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) will be remitted in to your nominated bank account.
Kindly reconfirm to the bank the following
1 Your Full Name:
2. Your Current Address:
4. Your telephone/Cell phone numbers
5. Age and Sex
6. Scan a copy of your valid ID card.
As soon as this information is received, your funds will be paid to you through the Bank to Bank wire transfer system. We shall proceed to issue all payment details to the said Mr. Phuong H Nguyen if we do not hear from you within the next Seven working days from today.
In receipt of this confidential Letter, you are required to call or Text this Bank (+448713582022 ) immediately you receive this Confidential Letter.
Area Director, Barclay's Bank