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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:
- "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.
- 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: "The United Nations Compensation" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2010 12:22:35 -0400
Subject: The United Nations Compensation
United Nations Compensation
Commission (UNCC) In Affiliation With Barack Obama Campaign
to Assist Scammed Individuals In The Settlement Of Disputes
Through CAM BANK SPAIN.
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? You may not understand why this mail came to you but kindly read for your perusal and follow the giving procedures for your claim.
The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) was created in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council. Its mandate is to process claims and pay compensation for losses and damage suffered as a direct result of Internet Fraud.
We have been having a confederation meeting for the passed 7 months which ended 2 weeks ago with the then secretary to the UNITED NATIONS. This meeting was first held on the 8th of April 2003. You can view this page for your perusal.(http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2003/ik344.doc.htm).
This email is directed to all the people that have been scammed in all parts of the world, the UNITED NATIONS in affiliation with Barack Obama Campaign have agreed to compensate them with categorical payment sum of US$500,000 each. In its decision 17 of 24 March 2006, the Governing Council established basic principles for the distribution of compensation payments to successful claimants.
This decision was made two months before the resolution of the first installment of claims before the Commission.
As stated in the Secretary-General's report of 2 May 2006,it was anticipated that the value of approved awards would far exceed the resources available in the Compensation Fund at any given time.
The Governing Council therefore devised a mechanism for the allocation of available funds to successful claimants that gave priority to the three urgent categories of claims and which, within each category, would give equal treatment to similarly situated claims. Only when each successful claimant in categories "A","B" and "C" had been paid an initial amount up to US$7,500 would payments commence for claims in other categories. Accordingly, the first phase of payment involved an initial payment of US$7,500 to each successful individual claimant in categories "A" and "C".
However, for humanitarian reasons, all category "B" claims will be paid in full of a total US$500,000. A total of US$3,252,337,997.09 was made available to 1,498,119 successful individual claimants in categories "A", "B" and C" under the first phase of payments.
This includes every foreign contractor that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in our list and that is why you are receiving this email notification.
You are advised to contact Mr. Eric Jorgeson of CAM BANK,as he is our representative in Spain, contact him
immediately for your approved bank draft of USD$500,000.
These funds are in a Bank Draft for security purpose, so he will send it to you and you can cash it in any bank of your choice. Therefore, you should send him your full Name,telephone number and your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you.Contact Mr. Eric Jorgeson immediately for your Bank Draft
Person to Contact: Mr. Eric Jorgeson
Cam Bank International Payment compensation
Direct telephone: +34 672 970 081
Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft.
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