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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:
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "United Nations General Assembly" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:15:03 +0100
Subject: YOU HAVE BEEN COMPENSATED
UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ( UNGA)
UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION COMMISSION.
UNITED NATIONS ASSISTED PROGRAM
DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL PAYMENT AND TRANSFERS.
Our Ref: WB/NF/UNCC/UNGA021
Good day to you,
This is to notify you about the on-going United Nations reimbursement Program 2016 which is an organised season program for scammed, war, earthquakes,hurricane,storm,fire victims. We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you to let you know that the approval information raised by the United Nations, the World bank database indicates that you have been listed as beneficiary to receive your funds of $750,000(Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars) as reimbursement. The office of the Department officer in person of Dr.Henry Cole has been appointed by the board of the United Nations to oversee and facilitate your payment of $750,000 to you and you are advised to contact him as he is our representative in charge of your payment. Contact him immediately for more information on how to get your compensation of $750,000 payment.
It is our pleasure to inform you that an irrevocable order agreement have been signed with the appropriate authorities for you to receive your funds by BANK DRAFT from an accredited courier service which will be register on your behalf for delivery to you or by WIRE TRANSFER. The bank draft is $750,000.00 Only. The Department Officer Dr.Henry Cole will provide you with instructions on how you can receive your reimbursement payment accordingly through any of your preferred channel of delivery depending on your choice.
You are hereby advice to contact Dr.Henry Cole and provide him with the following details below:
Direct Telephone Number:
Person to Contact: Dr.Henry Cole
You are mandated to contact the above office to receive your funds. This is the best the United Nations can do for you and you are advised to take advantage of this opportunity.
Secretary General, United Nations
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