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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:
- "express courier delivery" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- ",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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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." (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:47:29 -0800
Subject: Contact Dr. Emmanuel Martin For Your ATM CARD.
UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION UNIT IN AFFILIATION WITH WORLD BANK FROM SPECIAL ENVOY TO SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON.
In regards to the recent meeting between the United Nations and the Present United States Government to restore the dignity and Economy of the Nations. Base on the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance to help and make the world a better place for all with the sole aim of abolishing poverty.
You may not understand why this E-mail came to you. We have been meeting for the past months which just ended few days ago with the secretary to the UNITED NATIONS.
This E-mail is to all the people that have been victim in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS IN Affiliation with WORLD BANK and Government of this Country have agreed to compensate you with the sum of ($2,500,000.00) Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars which The Federal Government scheduled to settle all foreign debts which includes Contract/Inheritance/Lottery (Sponsored by Microsoft and Shell Petroleum Lottery) and other international loans,also for you to build your Personal Company/organization so as to help the less privileged in their society due to the financial crisis.
However, news heard it that over the past months,numerous of individual(s) who happen to be impostors (claiming to be individuals, banks and organizations) are claiming to release numerous sums of fund via numerous ways. We found your name and E-mail address 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 have to receive your payment ($2,500,000.00) through a Pin Based ATM CARD which you can be withdrawing $20,000 daily in any ATM CASH POINT MACHINE of your choice all over the world. Your ATM CARD will be shipped direct to your house address via Apex Express Courier Delivery Company in Benin Republic, West Africa and would get to you within 2 to 3 working days at most.
You are advised to contact Dr. Emmanuel Martin of Apex Express Courier Delivery Company Benin Republic, as he is our representative in Benin Republic, contact him immediately for your ATM Card of $2,500, 000.00 USDollars. This funds are in a ATM Card for security purpose, so he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice.
Therefor you are advised to contact the dispatching officer responsible for the shipping of your ATM Card with the following information for shipping of your payment through ATM Card.
Make Sure you provide him with the following information as soon as you receive this Email for their immediate action .
1,Your full Name.
2,Your Address where your payment will be dispatch to you:.
3,Home telephone number/Cell Phone:.
4,A Scan Copy Of Identity Card Or Drivers License to avoid wrong delivery:
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 ATM Card of USD$2,500, 000.00 and forward your details to Dr. Emmanuel Martin immediately for your ATM Card at the given address below:
United Nation Dispatching Officer
Company's Name: Apex Express Courier Delivery Company Benin.
Contact person: Dr. Emmanuel Martin.
Tel No: +229-98950302
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 ATM Card.
Making the world a better place.