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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",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 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Ban Ki-moon <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2010 04:05:40 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: RE: UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION SETTLEMENT /FINAL NOTICE.
Welcome to the United Nation. It's your world.
UNITED NATION HEADQUARTERS
760 United Nations Plaza, New York.
Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 2:28:52 AM EDT
UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION COMMISSION
line with our plans to make the world a better place we deem it fit to
compensate those that has been scammed in one way or the other, we have
been having a meeting for the passed 7 months which ended 2 days ago
with the former secretary to the UNITED NATIONS.
email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the
world. The UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum
of US$3,500,000.00 USD This includes every foreigner that may have not
received their contract / inheritance sum, and people that have had an
unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to
Government problems etc.
found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you,This
has been agreed upon and signed Therefore,we are happy to inform you
that an arrangement has perfectly been concluded to effect your payment
as soon as possible in our bid to be transparent.
However,it is our pleasure to inform you that your fund will be transferred to you through ATM CARD
from the paying Bank in your favor. And we are duly inter-switched and
you can make withdrawal in any location of the ATM Center of your
choice/nearest to you any where in the world. We have also instructed
the paying Bank and they are waiting for our instruction to start
processing the fund transfer.
you are hereby advice to contact the United Nation Representative in
Nigeria and you have to reconfirm your personal details to his office
Therefore you should send him your full Name, Telephone number (Mobile)
your correct mailing address. You can view this page for your perusal :http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2003/ik344.doc.htm
Below is the contact information of our representative:
Person to Ibrahim Gambari
Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your ATM.
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