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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- 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: "MR. CHRISTAIN REDMAN" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 23:44:20 -0800
Subject: PAYMENT NOTIFICATION
UN Headquarters in New York where 192 countries meet to achieve consensus on solving global problems.
Date: 11th Of February 2011
RE: COMPENSATION PAYMENT OF US$450,000.00
CC/ -THE COMPENSATION 2010/011 BENEFICIARY......
Attn: Dear Beneficiary,
We are to inform you that we have been having a meeting for the passed 7 months with the World Bank (Assisted Project 2010/2011) which just ended 2 days ago with the new Secretary to the UNITED NATIONS.This email is to all the people that have been scammed..
However the United Nations has decided to Compensate you all with the sum of us$450,000.00 each.
This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum,and people that had unfinished transaction or international business that failed due to Government problems etc.
We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you,This have been agreed upon and have been 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 you have to get in contact with our Payment Officer/ coordinator Of this Compensation Program in the Name Of Mr. Jerry Walter with your particulars as Mr. Jerry Walter has been appointed to effect your compensation payment to you..
Contact Person: Mr. Jerry Walter
Email Address: email@example.com
Further more, you should on no account communicate or deal any longer with any person or persons', except Mr. Jerry Walter.
KINDLY RE-COMFIRM THE FOLLOWING BELOW TO US AND TO Mr. Jerry Walter.
YOUR FULL NAMES.
 YOUR HOME/MAILING ADDRESS, P.O.BOX NOT ACCEPTED
 YOUR PERSONAL PHONE NUMBERS#
(4) Your Occupation
Hope to hear from you as soon as you possible.
MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE ......
Mr. Christian Red-man