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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 friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million 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)
- "chambers" (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Tracy Gregor" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:40:26 -0500
Subject: From the desk of Ms. Tracy Gregor: READ EMAIL CAREFULLY
>From the desk of Ms. Tracy Gregor
Special Agent of National Security Agency (NSA)
Washington , D.c Division 03793
SMS Line Only : +1(760) 348-8979
I am Ms. Tracy Gregor, Special Intelligence Agent in the National Security Agency, It is my pleasure to inform you that i have been working on your Case file for over months now , are you not tired of paying fees to Scammer and Internet Impersonators who wants to use your name and money to execute business transactions just for there own selfish interest, how long will you believe in there lies and constant demand for money, you receive quite number of business proposals everyday in and outside Nigeria yet you have not receive one dollar cent in all your dealings, for how long will you trust and believe in those impersonated stories? have you for one day asked yourself why after spending a lot of fees to receive whatever they promised you and nothing was paid to you in the end rather you will receive another proposal totally different with new amount, check within yourself what you have benefited since you engaged yourself into these transactions, have you asked yourself why you receive different busin
Actually your name appeared on the Nigeria contract manifest booklet as sub-letted beneficiary to receive contract over-invoice amount sum of $6.9million dollars, those people contacting you from all over the world did not guide you properly concerning how this funds was awarded to you rather they used there connections in different countries through banks, security agencies, ministries and institutions to contact you just to extort your hard earned money to sponsor transactions for there own benefit then make you believe that you will receive your funds one day which will never happen because your name is on the government list as sub-letted beneficiary while those crooks where using documents of already paid contracts of the first executor to contact you from different countries like UK, SPAIN, AMERICA, GHANA E.T.C,. Those people branded Nigeria with bad names on both local and international scene just because you where claiming something that you don't know how and why it was awarded to you.
You are advised to contact the United Nations Compensation Commission on their Email Contact Informations below as they are the Only Legitimate Organization who has your name on the Compensated Short Listed Names of Beneficiaries who was compensated with the sum of $6.9 Million Dollars.
United Nations Compensation Commission
Contact Person: Mr. Amyas A. Morse (Chairman of United Nations Board of Auditors)
Finally, i am in the position to set things straight if actually you want to receive your funds, forget those lottery proposals and also proposals you receive from individuals , banks, ministries ETC, the only contract sum awarded to you as a sub-letted beneficiary is paying for supplying of pipeline equipment for Nigeria Power Holding as over invoiced through the Nigeria chambers of commerce any other proposal is fabricated to extort and use you, calculate how much you have spent and time wasted and nothing was paid to you yet you keep receiving series of proposals, well you can continue with them but bear it in mind that you will not receive a cent from them rather you will spend and get frustrated and they will abandon you to suffer even continued to demand for more money even when you can not feed yourself due there deceit and untruthfulness, you trusted and believed them but they stab you when you needed them most to keep to there promises. you will not believe me because those people you trusted have
Waiting for your prompt response
Mrs. Tracy Gregor