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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:
- "hundred thousand united state dollars" (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)
- ",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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: ""UDSP" Business & Housing Dev." (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 07:21:35 +0100
Subject: Get back to me (Bruce Scholes)EWEQRTFTXZ
WORLD POVERTY ALLEVIATION TRUST FUND (WPATF)®
Building Partnerships to Alleviate Poverty
WPATF Building 30 Leicester square, WC2H7LA,
LONDON. UNITED KINGDOM.
How do you do today, this is an impromptu mail as regards what i am about to let
you know and this is true and real. (THIS IS A PERSONAL MAIL)
i am Bruce scholes, clearing officer1, World Poverty Alleviation Trust Fund
(WPATF) on Universal Development Strategy Program (UDSP). I have worked for this
International organization assured of the highest Organizational standard of the
United Nations and The Commonwealth Organization stake holders on Poverty
Alleviation and its Eradication for over ten years now.
***My reason to quickly search for email to reach someone***
Being the "Senior clearing officer1" in charge of Universal Development strategy
Program (UDSP) on environmental development and business & housing $1,500,000:00
USD individual poverty Alleviation Award fund which has reach final compilation
and ready for submission through my office to the Director-General's office for
approval and final processing for funds disbursement, I have discovered that,
some recipient did not complete their online and award forms for final processing
for possible "contact lost" and as such has created space where someone like you
can fit in as a replacement. I have reached this conclusion after the last reminder
e-mail sent to the defaulting recipients without reply.
*** I am asking that you replace a defaulting recipient to complete the process
with my assistance to sending you details as required to enable you complete the
online registration and obtain Forms and other prerequisite and claim the
environmental development and business & housing $1,500,000:00 USD individual
poverty Alleviation Award fund.
*** In your acceptance to replace any of this defaulting recipient, you will have
the chance to continue your identity Name clearance with this humble World
organization to receive your "WPATF" Universal Development/Business and Housing
$1,500,000:00 USD (One million, five hundred thousand United state dollars) Award
*** Beneficiaries are updated with Loan Funds as soon as a "Home Office" Direct Gov.
clearance on "International citizenry & cross-Border crime Free" document is
obtained and submitted to the "WPATF" as proof of recipients citizenry and a
Cross-Border crime free citizen.
*** In the success of this, you will be ready to let me have a reasonable percentage
of this fund as my gift in truthfulness and simplicity.
I have successfully completed same of this nature in the 2009/2010 program and i can
not allow same person to come in second time due to his security/personal data that
has been logged with the World Poverty Alleviation Trust Fund (WPATF) on Universal
Development Strategy Program (UDSP) office and this is why i am soliciting that, you
have to come in here.
Hello friend, this is a hundred % clean. if you are interested, just send me your Full
Names, Your complete date of birth, Personal Email address and your Phone Number/s
without delay to enable me append changes to one of the defaulters document in my
office over here.
Hoping to hear from you immediately you finish reading this email (IMPORTANT & THIS IS
LIFE CHANGING) I will let you have my Official email in due cause.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Personal Email) Contact me through the personal Email Address.