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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:
- 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: "AGENT ,BIMO COCO" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2023 06:56:33 -0800
Subject: CONTACT YOUR 2023 NEW ATM CARD IMMEDIATELY FOR DELIVERY.
Attention: the Owner
I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your Bank
Draft $6.1M DOLLARS but did not heard from you since that time then I went and
deposited the Draft with INTERNATIONAL BANK OF Nigeria
because I traveled to Ghana to see my boss and will not come back
till next 2 months end. I have arranged with them to make your payment
to you with their new 2023 ATM MASTER CARD which you can use to
withdraw your money in any ATM MACHINE around the globe/world.
You have to contact the International Bank of Nigeria with your full
Contact me on this email address informationâs ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
1. FULL NAME
2. ADDRESSES WERE YOU WANT THEM TO SEND THE ATM CARD
3. TELEPHONE PHONE AND WHATSAPP NUMBER
4. YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION
5. ATTACH COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION
However, Kindly Contact the below person who is in position to release
your ATM Master Mr.Bimo Coco, DIRECTOR, ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT
INTERNATIONAL BANK OF Nigeria PHONE NUMBER: +234 9065 184681 please ask
him how much will be your delivery charges of your NEW 2023 ATM MASTER
CARD to your
address. AGAIN IF YOU LIKE YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND RECEIVE IT THROUGH
bitcons WALLET ADDRESS
once again dont forget to ask him how much is the cost before the
delivery will carry on
am sure once you follow the instruction you will receive your ATM
MASTER CARD mark my words
Try to contact them as soon as possible to quicken the process of your
Card before your Draft gets Expired. Let me know as soon as you
receive your ATM Master Card.Thanks.Mr. TOMBO KAMAKU