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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:
- "lome togo" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- 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: Kristalina Georgieva <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2023 03:28:38 +0000
MEZINÃRODNÃ MÄNOVÃ FOND (MMF)
MezinÃ¡rodnÃ jednotka pro vyrovnÃ¡nÃ dluhÅ¯,
# 1900, PREZIDENT AV.DU
Poslal jsem vÃ¡m tento dopis pÅed mÄsÃcem, ale neslyÅ¡eli jste od vÃ¡s, ne
Jsem si jistÃ½, Å¾e jsi to dostal, a proto jsem ti to poslal znovu,
PÅedevÅ¡Ãm jsem panÃ Kristalina Georgieva, jednatelka a
Prezident MezinÃ¡rodnÃho mÄnovÃ©ho fondu.
Ve skuteÄnosti jsme pÅezkoumali vÅ¡echny pÅekÃ¡Å¾ky a problÃ©my kolem
vaÅ¡i nedokonÄenou transakci a vaÅ¡i neschopnost uhradit poplatky
poplatky za pÅevod ÃºÄtovanÃ© proti vÃ¡m za opce
pÅedchozÃ pÅevody, navÅ¡tivte naÅ¡e strÃ¡nky pro potvrzenÃ 38
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Jsme pÅedstavenstvo, SvÄtovÃ¡ banka a mÄnovÃ½ fond
International (MMF) ve Washingtonu, DC, spolu s Department of
Ministerstvo financÃ SpojenÃ½ch stÃ¡tÅ¯ a nÄkterÃ© dalÅ¡Ã vyÅ¡etÅovacÃ agentury
relevantnÃ zde ve SpojenÃ½ch stÃ¡tech americkÃ½ch. naÅÃdil
naÅ¡e jednotka pro Ãºhradu zÃ¡moÅskÃ½ch plateb (United Bank of
Africa Lome Togo), abychom vÃ¡m vydali kartu VISA, kde ($
1,5 milionu) z vaÅ¡eho fondu, pro vÄtÅ¡Ã vÃ½bÄr z vaÅ¡eho fondu.
V prÅ¯bÄhu naÅ¡eho vyÅ¡etÅovÃ¡nÃ jsme zjistili, Å¾e s
zdÄÅ¡enÃ, Å¾e vaÅ¡e platba byla zpoÅ¾dÄna zkorumpovanÃ½mi ÃºÅednÃky
banky, kterÃ© se snaÅ¾Ã pÅesmÄrovat vaÅ¡e prostÅedky na vaÅ¡e ÃºÄty
A dnes vÃ¡m oznamujeme, Å¾e vÃ¡Å¡ fond byl pÅipsÃ¡n na Kartu
VISA od (UBA Bank) a je takÃ© pÅipravena k dodÃ¡nÃ. NynÃ
kontaktujte Åeditele (UBA Bank), jmenuje se pan Tony
Elumelu, E-mail: (firstname.lastname@example.org) Whatsapp +228 91788196
abychom vÃ¡m Åekli, jak zÃskat kartu ATM VISA.
PANÃ. KRISTALINA GEORGIEVA