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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 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.
- 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: "UNCC CUSTOMER SERVICE" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2012 19:51:51 -0800
Subject: spam RE: UN CLAIM COUPON (UNCC-UK/13407/UKA).
OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Whitehall Court, London, SW1A 2EL
UNITED NATIONS PAYMENT APPROVED #: (UNCC-UK/13407/UKA)
We are sending this official letter to notify you that your name was among the
beneficiaries whose name appears in our payment list as the United Nation
Compensation Commission (UNCC) on Unclaimed funds and Assets has stated
clearly to (World Bank/UNCC) that over $352,532,838,903USD was approved for
Compensation sought by claims resolved/Awarded amount to be paid (US$)
from 2005 still 2012 among approved Beneficiaries both Individuals/companies.
Note: (UNCC) was created in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the United Nations
Security Council. Its mandate is to retrieve lost fund through various law agents
and also to evaluate any claims and pay compensation for losses and damages
suffered by many innocent people all over the world as a direct result of Internet
evil activities perpetuated by Fraudsters. Please for more information view
To enable us proceed with your payment evaluation as instructed by UNCC
you have to Contact United Nations High Commissioner London for more
information with this United Nations Payment Approved Coupon: (UNCC-UK/13407/UKA).
NAME: SIR JEREMY GREENSTOCK (UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER LONDON)
EMAIL: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
TEL: +44 776 381 4367 Fax: +44 870 479 6992
We expect your urgent response to this email to enable us monitor this payment
Department of Public Information,
Mr. Anthony Morgan