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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:
- "million united states dollars" (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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- "@lawyer.com" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "UNITED NATION COUNCIL" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 00:58:42 -0700
Subject: THE SECRETE BEHIND YOUR DELAYED FUNDS!!
UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION UNIT,
IN AFFILIATION FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.
The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) in affiliation with Federal Bureau Of Investigation In United State Of America has made available a total of $863,725,490.00 to 27 governments and two international organizations for distribution to 370 successful claimants who has being Victims of Internet scam. This payment is made under the third phase of the payment mechanism established by the UNCC Governing Council and the Government Of the United State. The truth behind your delayed payment is that you have been dealing with fraudsters in Nigeria, London etc. And you really need to stop contacting them now else they will rip you dry until you dont have even money to buy food.
Your email came up under the list of people who have long-outstanding claims From inheritance, lottery winnings and contractors to some foreign Government. See the UNITED NATIONS news link for details:
Your Payment File was given to this office in respect of your total long Over-due amount for which we have approved $15,000,000USD dollars (Fifteen Million United States Dollars) You have failed to claim because of either non-compliance with official Processes or apparent ineptitude by the payment officers who are corrupt and have been handling your payment. We are directing you to the ( F B I) agent incharge Mr.Kelvin Williams who his a representative of the ( F B I ) and a member of the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE in Europe, contact him and he will explained everything to you. Whoever is contacting you through emails are fake and fraudsters.
In your response you must send the following information as listed below to him.
1. Full name
2. Phone and Fax number
3. Your age and current occupation
4. Attach copy of your identification
5. Current Home Address
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your funds is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.
Contact Mr. Kelvin Williams to facilitate your payment because of the reports of scams/fraud going on. Give him your File Reference (BB/04/77-U) as a proff to cliam this funds and to confirm you still willing to claim your Funds.
*Send a copy of your response to His official email:
Financial Officer: Mr. Kelvin Williams
Name : firstname.lastname@example.org
BELOW ARE FEW LIST OF TRACKING NUMBERS YOU CAN TRACK FROM DHL WEBSITE (WWW.DHL.COM) TO CONFIRM PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO HAVE RECEIVED THEIR PAYMENT SUCCESSFULLY SINCE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THIS PROGRAMME.
RECEIPT NAME WAYNE HOWARD =====WWW.DHL.COM========= 1806458006
RECEIPT NAME SANDRA CHU ========WWW.DHL.COM=======4855960922
The only money you need to pay to Mr.Kelvin Williams is just $400 for the paper works take note of that.
Also for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment,Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your fund. Making the world a better place for the sake of humanity.
Prof Lauren Smith
Secretary of the United Nations(UN)
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon