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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.
- 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: "BAN KI-MOON" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 19:27:17 +0100
Subject: UNITED NATIONS' COMPENSATION
How are you today? You may not understand why this mail came to you.
This email is to individuals who have suffered from the notorious Internet scams, the UNITED NATIONS has agreed to compensate them with the sum of One Hundred and Fifty thousand United States Dollars each. This includes every foreign contractor that may have not received their contract sum, people that have had unfinished transactions or international Fund transfer that failed due to Government problems, Checks scams, etc.
Contact Mrs Trisha Jacobs, Head of Foreign Remittance of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, for your Bank Draft of US$150,000. This funds are in a Bank Draft for security purpose. So she will send it to you by Courier or Wire Transfer. Therefore, send her your Name, telephone number, mailing address.
Person to Contact :Mrs Trisha Jacobs
Making the world a better place!
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
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