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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Arnold Roberts"<email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2011 12:34:08 -0800
Subject: FINAL PAYMENT SCHEDULE APPROVAL RELEASE UPDATE FROM US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Federal Reserve Bank New York
FINAL APPROVAL RELEASE OF YOUR FUND FROM US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Greeting To You,
I wish to inform you that we are in custody of your inheritance fund of the sum of $10,500,000.00 from Nigeria. However, we have been directed by the US Department of Homeland security to put the fund on hold until you present to us, the United Nations Monetary Compliance Certificate which confirms that the fund have been certified free from any form of Global financial crime such as money laundry and terrorism.
United Nations Compensation Commission are compensating the inheritance as its stipulated in Section B act 4 of United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) guide lines and regulations of ( 08/04/2003 ) you can view this website for confirmation: Kindly click on the link below: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2003/ik344.doc.htm, which Your E-mail ID were listed and approved for this payment as one of the inheritance to be paid the above stated amount.
Please send me the above stated document through my email address or fax number as stated below so that we can release your funds as we do not wish to delay you from receiving your fund.
Tel: 607 595 1915
In case you do not have the document you can get back to me with Your Full Name....... Address........Tel........... so that i will direct you on how to obtain it. Send me an e-mail or You can call me on (607)595 1915 if i am not available leave a message. As soon as you get this document, we shall release your fund.
Federal Reserve Bank New York