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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)
- 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: "Dr.Ban Ki-Moon." <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:42:59 +0200
Subject: Contact Dr. Emmanuel Eke Of Skyline Courier Delivery Company For immediate delivery of Your fund $1.700,000.00USD.
You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting
for the past 7 months which just ended few days ago with the secretary to the
This email is to all the people that have been victim in any part of the world,
the UNITED NATIONS IN Affiliation with WORLD BANK have agreed to compensate you
with the sum of USD$1.700,000.00 USD: , for self support.This is regarding the
draws he organized before he left the office to help individuals to own a self
charity organization also for your to build your Personal Company/organization
so as to help the less privileged in there society due to the financial crisis.
This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their
contract, inheritance & lotto sum, and people that have had an unfinished
transaction or international business that failed due to Government problems
etc. We found your name in the list of those who are to benefit from these
compensation exercise and that is why we are contacting you, this have been
agreed upon and have been signed.
You are advised to contact Dr. Emmanuel Eke of Skyline Courier Delivery Company
in Benin Republic, as he is our representative in Benin, contact him immediately
for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of USD$1.700,000.00 USD. This funds
are in a Bank Draft for security purpose, so he will send it to you and you can
clear it in any bank of your choice.
Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number your correct
mailing address and your Occupation and ID to avoid wrong delivery, where you
want him to send the Draft to you. Contact him now and inform him that you
received an email from the UNITED NATIONS , instructing you to call him for
immediate release of your Bank Draft of USD$1.700,000.00 USD and forward your
details to Dr. Emmanuel Eke immediately for your Bank Draft at the given address
Company's Name ; Skyline Courier Delivery Company.
Contact person: Dr. Emmanuel Eke .
I apologize on behalf of my organization for any delay you might have
encountered in receiving your fund in the past.
Thanks and God bless you and your family.
Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft.
Making the world a better place.