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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "power of attorney" (with your bank details and a power of attorney form criminals sometimes empty bank accounts)
- "abuja" (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.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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: Jude Umu <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2023 05:35:02 -0700
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE.
P.M.B. 14, Garki, Abuja
Mobile Tel: +234 7010661246
CLAIM'S OF YOUR FUND VALUED US$6.5 MILLION BY SOME âREPRESENTATIVESâ.
Good Day to you and your family as I bring to you greetings in the
name of the LORD.
I do like to let you know that a Power of Attorney/Affidavit of
Ownership Claim and an Application Letter for Change of Ownership has
been forwarded to my office by one MR. IBRAHIM MAL ALLA HAMMAD BIN
HAMMAD AL SABRI; a Citizen of DUBAI, U.A.E. He claimed to be from you
and did state that you sent him to receive this fund on your behalf.
It is important to state that the initial Registered Personal Details
of yours relating to this fund ownership was formally forwarded to my
office by the Central Bank Governor in alliance with the Transfer Unit
of the bank.
It is noteworthy to bring to your attention that aside claiming to be
a representative of your entire family but informed that you were
presently âDeceasedâ from cancer related complications and hence the
representation. They therefore subsequently tendered a bank account to
replace yours and the approved $6.5M USD transferred to it. Having
presently placed the funds On-Hold in one of our correspondent banks
(Name Withheld for security reasons) pending clarification and
certification of their claim from you/your next-of-kin that the
instruction received (Affidavit/Power of Attorney as tendered) came
from you; we will go ahead to transfer the $6.5M USD approved funds to
MR. IBRAHIM through the below tendered bank account if we donât get a
rejoinder from you within 72hrs of sending this letter.
The details of the account submitted by MR. IBRAHIM for said fund to
be transferred include:
BANK NAME: - STANDARD BANK OF DUBAI
NAME OF ACCOUNT: IBRAHIM MAL ALLA HAMMAD BIN HAMMAD AL SABRI
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 2984-0008-660.
SWIFT CODE: BOPIPHMM.
AMOUNT FOR TRANSFER: US$6.5 MILLION.
We need not overemphasis the urgency the receipt and acknowledgement
of this letter requires since it leaves us with no other option but to
honor the legal document submitted and this fund released to Mr.
IBRAHIM if we donât get a rejoinder from either you, any member of
your family or from a colleague who has access to this email as soon
Kindly Provide the following details for immediate actions to be carried out:
1:Your full names:
2:Your Complete address:
3:Your age and sex:
6: Your I.D CARD/INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT.
7. Any relationship with Mr. IBRAHIM MAL ALLA HAMMAD BIN HAMMAD AL SABRI?
Note: In case of any questions or clarifications from you or any
members of your family who are opportune to come in contact with this
email, do please call my direct office mobile
With imposters and impersonators lurking everywhere looking for funds
to divert, you/family members are also advised to forward to me any
emails you receive making reference to your payment for proper
findings and investigations to avoid falling into wrong hands.
We await urgent response from you/family member that reads this email!