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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:
- "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)
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: Zenith Bank London <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2023 12:11:13 +0100
Subject: Greeting Beneficiary, Urgent Compensation Fund
*Zenith Bank UK*
*Address: 39 Cornhill, London, *
*EC3V 3ND,United Kingdom*
*Office Of The HeadInternational **Chief **Operation*
*Officer **Zenith Bank*
*(UK) Ltd LONDON United*
*Kingdom and Ireland*
*Fax :+44 704 307 1539*
*This is to alert you that we received **compensation** fund worth the sum
of 5.800,000.00 million **British Pounds only**) which has been
officially **approved by the management of World Bank Swiss (WBS) to
release to you. *
*Your email is among the list of people who have never received any of
their payments among lottery, inheritance, compensation and awarded
contract funds and victims who have lost a lot of money to stammers while
trying to claim their funds.*
*Zenith Bank UK Plc is the chosen bank to handle this funds release to
respective beneficiaries. You are informed by this notice that Zenith Bank,
being the paying bank, has opened an ATM Card account successfully
with Account number: 2083421808, Account ID: 9068313120150203163832.*
* Also here is the details of your transaction on your account with
Zenith Bank Uk with details below:*
*Transaction Type* *Credit*
*Transaction Amount* *5,800,000.00 Million **British Pounds*
*Transaction Currency* *British Pounds*
*Account Number* *2XX..80X*
*Transaction Narration* * United Kingdom and Ireland*
*Transaction Remarks* *056279521441 / 000000681581*
*Date and Time* *10th-March --2023 13:57:37*
*Cleared Balance* *5,800,000.00 Million **British Pounds*
*Do complete the below details for proper verification and documentation
also Reconfirm the followings to avoid mistakes.*
*1. Full Names: *
*2. Residence address:*
*3. Telephone/Fax number:*
*4. Age: *
*5. Next of Kin :*
*6. Country of Residence:*
*7. A copy of your driverâs license / international passport: Attached*
*Chief **International ** Operation*
*Officer Â·Zenith Bank (UK)*