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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:
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- ",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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- 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 GILBERT ANTHONY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: DR GILBERT ANTHONY <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:02:13 +0900 (JST)
Subject: FROM UNITED NATION SCAM VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAM OFFICE
WORLD BANK ASSISTED PROGRAM
DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL
PAYMENT AND TRANSFERS.
DEBT RECONCILIATION/AUDIT UNIT
United Nations Headquarters,
New York, NY 10017 , USA
YOUR REF: WB/NF/UN/XX0L8 UNITED NATIONS.
I am Authorized by the United Nations Secretary General and the Governing body of the United Nations Debt Reconciliation Unit, toinvestigate the unnecessary delay on your payment, recommended and approved in your favor. During the course of my investigation, I discovered withdismay that your payment has been unnecessarily delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank and Government regulatory organization in the United States who are trying to divert your funds into their private accounts.This is to bring to your notice that I Anthony Gilbert have been instructed by the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlement Program(UN-Habitat) and I have been instructed by the Secretary-General of The United Nations Ban Ki-moon to pay 5 (Five) people who have been Victims of Benin Republic,Nigeria,Ghana,Burkina Faso and other series of Internet scams.The United Nations has decided to pay you $12,500,000 USD (Twelve Million Five hundred Thousand United
State Dollars) each as compensation.You arelisted and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount, get back to me as soon as possible for the release of your compensation fund in ATM Visa Card.This email is for 5( Five ) selected recipients that funds has been extorted from. The United Nations has resolute to compensate you and every foreign contractors that haven't received their contract sum due to Government problems or irregularities etc.I found your email in our list of unpaid beneficiary that is why I am contacting you, this has been agreed upon and signed by the United Nations Board of Trustees from the WORLD BANK ASSISTED PROGRAM. I discovered that the document of your funds is intact and very much available.Note: The United Nations Board of Director have sign your ATM CARD VALUED at $12.5 MILLION USD (Twelve Million Five hundred Thousand United State Dollars),This funds are in an ATM Visa CARD for security
purpose,But $165 usd hand to hand delivery charge is need for the ATM Visa card delivery to your house in your country by our Our Diplomatic Agent,Agent Michael Anderson.
My contact details are as stated below :-
Name: Dr. Anthony Gilbert
Please reconfirm me with the following information for security purpose and for your easy ATM MASTER CARD delivery.
8.International passport/Driving License_________
9.Next of kin___________________________________
11.Your City Nearest Airport____________________
I expect your urgent attention to this email to enable me monitor this payment effectively when shipping the ATM master CARD to you with 100% safety delivery.Note that your ATM master card withdrawal limit is only $7000.USD per day.
Dr. Anthony Gilbert
Co-ordination United Nations Human Settlements Program
United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)