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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "transfer of your funds" (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.
- 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.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Standard Chartered Bank" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2022 03:10:28 -0700
Subject: Dear valuable customer
Dear valuable customer,
Please read the following carefully,We're glad you made it!
It has been several months and weeks until now which we heard from you and of course you know your funds of $2.5million had been under our
custody for this long which we are not happy with it and we don't like how things are been done by you as all offices had tried by all means
to see that things are been done as its to be done from all offices and yet no message from you until now which we still awaited your
order which you said your funds should not be handed over to anyone for any reason which will have followed until now.
please be aware that as the year runs to ending every unpaid funds will be sent into the goverment account and we would not what that to
happen with our valuable customer like you.
We decided to contact you For your information and to let you know about your pending transaction.
get intouch with our office for immediate transfer of your funds into your account without any more delay.
Thank you for choosing us.
Mr. Derrick Harrison,
Standard Chartered Bank
Customer Service Manager
Customer care service +447398558084
Should you have any enquiry or require assistance, please contact (our yes customer service help center) at the whatsapp contact number and
email address attached.
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