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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:
- "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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: UN SCAMMED VICTIM COMPENSATION <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2010 19:43:52 -0200
Subject: RE:CODE: 06654 $900,000.00 USD ONLY
SCAMMED VICTIM/521 BENEFICIARIES
REF/PAYMENTS CODE: 06654 $900,000.00 USD ONLY
This is to bring to your notice that I am a delegate from the United
Nations to The IMF (International Monetary Fund) Asia Regional Payment
Office to pay 521 scam victims $900,000 USD (Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars
only) each. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the
scammed victims to be paid this amount,get back to me as soon as possible
for the immediate payments of your $900,000.00 USD compensations funds.
On this faithful recommendations, I want you to know that during the last
U.N. meetings held at Kuala Lumpur, Republic of Malaysia, it was alarmed
so much by the world in the meetings on the lost of funds by various
individual to scam artist operating in syndicates all over the world
In other to compensate these victims, the U.N Body is now paying 521
victims of this operators $900,000 USD each in accordance with the
U.N.recommendations. Due to the corrupt and in-efficient Banking Systems
in Republic of Malaysia, the payments are to be paid by UN officials
sitting at IMF(International Monetary Fund) Asia Regional Payment Office
as corresponding payment centre under funding assistance by United Nation
According to the number of applicants at hand, 284 Beneficiaries has been
paid, half of the victims are from the United States, and we still have
more 237 left to be paid the compensations of $900,000 USD each.
Your particulars was mentioned by one of the Syndicates who was arrested
as one of their victims of the operations, you are hereby warned not to
communicate or duplicate this message to him for any reason what so ever
as the U.S. Secret service is already on trace of the other criminals.
So keep it secret till they are all apprehended. Other victims who have
not been Contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and
possible consideration. You can receive your compensations payments via.
1.Bank To Bank Transfer.
UN Representative: Dr Wong Heong
I shall feed you with further modalities as soon as I hear from you.
Dr Wong Heong
United Nation Representative
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