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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 states 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)
- "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.
- 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: Office file <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 08:41:28 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF UNPAID FUNDS
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10017 ;USA
UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
RELEASE CODE No:X6071XUNCC/HR
AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF UNPAID FUNDS
Dear, Email ID Owner.
We at United Nations (Human Rights) Compensation office Global Intelligence Monitoring Network System, We discovered that your long overdue fund has not be paid to you as approved by the fund source and origin, After much consultations and meetings held in New York City, the United Nations Human Rights has been given express instruction to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to direct the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) to re-called unpaid funds that was originated from Africa, Europe, Asia Plus Middle east, Americans, has finally been approved as your email ID is among the list of Beneficiaries that will receive their fund via this message we are pleased to inform you that your fund has been liquidated and converted into international ATM card, Your outstanding payment valued $10,500,000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only has been perfected to be paid to you by the one of the most decorated, and recognized bank in the Benin Republic.
In consideration of the above, you have been issued with this Exclusive Reference Identification Number. This must be presented to attain your lump sum payment. Please take note and copy this code.The code must be indicated to the institution processing the payment.The Benin UBA Global Bank. No exceptions.(ATM/NR: UNCC/IMF/WAMA/ 37549B6) Also, You are required to forward the following details; full names, address, occupation, age and phone numbers for verification and re-confirmation.
Please contact immediately:
UBA BENIN PAYMENT PROCESSING DEPARTMENTS MR. FELIX A. QUAYE
CONTACT #+229-6905 6807
This instructions is from the custody of the United Nation Human Rights representative office UK this is for abbreviation of the rate of economic crisis as we saw your name on the list of unpaid individuals,The United Nation Compensation Commission (UNCC) was created in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council and the payment has been approved by us to be release to you as we notice your payment has been delayed by uncertain reasons which has just been resolved by us through our power so you are free to receive your funds now. Please kindly donate 20% of this fund to the charity organization, More especially (orphans at the motherless babies homes)
On behalf of the UN we apologize for the failure to pay your funds on time and for any inconveniences such as approved registered payments being forwarded to our processing institution in Africa.Due to we have a not of beneficiary's in African so that you can be cleared and paid simultaneously there. If you receive this mail in your spam folder, it could be due to your Internet Service Provider, ISP. So move to your inbox before your reply.
Mr. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky
Director, International Finance.
United Nation Human Rights Treasury.