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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.
- 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.
- +448719741274 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
Fraud email example:
From: UNCOMPENSATION <Obama3@UnitedNationsOrganiz.onmicrosoft.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:56:49 +0530
Subject: UNCC REFUND PAYMENT FOR YOU
UNCC REFUND PAYMENT FOR YOU
United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)
In Affiliation With Barrack Obama Campaign to Assist Scammed Individuals In=
The Settlement Of Disputes Through RBS (Royal Bank Of Scotland).
How are you doing today? Hope all is well with you and your family? You may=
not understand why this mail came to you but kindly read the following pro=
cedures for your claim.The United Nation Compensation Commission (UNCC) was=
created in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council. Its mand=
ate is to process claims and pay compensation for losses and damages suffer=
ed as a direct result of
The UNCC in conjunction with the Obama Campaign on the 12th of October 2008=
organized a confederation meeting which ended 2 weeks later, with the Secr=
etary General to the UNITED NATIONS. This meeting was first held on the 8th=
of April 2003 by the then secretary to the UN. You can view this page for =
your perusal (www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2003/ik344.doc.htm).
This email is directed to all individuals that have been scammed in all par=
ts of the world. In reference to the just concluded meeting, the UNCC in af=
filiation with Barrack Obama Campaign have agreed to compensate them with c=
ategorical payment sum of 500,000GBP each. In its decision 17" of 24th Marc=
h 2006, the Governing Council established basic principles for the distribu=
tion of compensation payments to successful claimants. This decision was ma=
de two months before the resolution of the first installment of claims befo=
re the Commission.
As stated in the Secretary-General=E2=80=99s report of 2nd May 2006, it was=
anticipated that the value of approved awards would far exceed the resourc=
es available in the Compensation Fund at any given time.The Governing Counc=
il therefore devised a mechanism for the allocation of available funds to s=
uccessful claimants that gave priority to the three urgent categories of cl=
aims and which, within each category, would give equal treatment to similar=
ly situated claims. Only when each successful claimant in categories "A", "=
B" and "C" had been paid an initial amount up to 2,500GBP would payments co=
mmence for claims in other categories.
Accordingly, the first phase of payment involved an initial payment of 2,50=
0GBP to each successful individual claimant in categories "A" and "C". Howe=
ver, for humanitarian reasons, all category "B" claims will be paid in full=
of a total 500,000GBP. A total of GBP3,252,337,997.09 was made available t=
o 1,498,119 successful individual claimants in categories "A", "B" and "C" =
under the first phase of payments.Claimants includes every foreign contract=
or that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had =
an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Go=
vernment problems etc.We found your name in our list and that is why you ar=
e receiving this email notification.
You are advised hereby to contact Mr Henry Morgan , with your full details =
Via mail (email@example.com) as he is our representative=
in UK who will be releasing your refund payment to you.Contact him immedia=
tely for your approved funds(500,000GBP). These funds are in a Global Secur=
ity Company on your approval for security purpose.