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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:
- "swift card payment center" (this phrase is often used in the ATM card payment scam)
- "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)
- "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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 00:27:28 +0200
Subject: Official Notification
Directorate of International Payments and Transfers
Debt Reconciliation Committee
United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)
YOUR REF: WB/IMF/UNCC/3580L9
we wish to notify you as one of the beneficiary of Three Million Eight hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($3,800,000.00 USD) in compensation from United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) in conjunction with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This development is as result of the effort made by United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as it is stipulated in Section 2 act 4 Sub-Category E1 of United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) guidelines and regulations of 08-04-2014.
Your email appeared among the list of beneficiaries who will receive a payment of $3,800,000.00 USD and has been approved already as concluded by the UNCC and the IMF.Among the list are individuals and companies that their unpaid funds have been located to our authorized official paying bank which have received all the overdue outstanding payments owed to firms, contractors, and individuals from inheritance, next of kin, Super Hurricane sandy and lottery beneficiaries. Your unpaid fund has been located to a suspense account which have been approved already for Payment. We are contacting you now because, yesterday two foreigners (Mr. Tim Parker and Mr. Rowland Gulf) visited our office in your stead to inform us that they are your Representatives from United State, whom you delegated as beneficiaries to collect your Funds in your absence.
We do not understand why you sent these men to come and Collect your Funds on your behalf. Due to the rise in international financial crimes and the many complaint we have received and addressed in recent years, we in collaboration with IMF, World Bank, Interpol and other local security institutions, have set up a team of experts that will henceforth monitor and supervise international financial payments. Because of this, we will not want to make any mistake in Releasing this Funds to anyone except you who is the recognized beneficiary to this Funds. Kindly clarify us on this issue before we make this Payment to these foreigners who came on your behalf.
However, if you did not authorize this payment, we will suspend all your pending transfers and arrange your payment through our swift card payment center after verification. This card center will send an ATM card which you will use to withdraw your money from any ATM machine in the world, you can also shop online with the card, so if you wish to receive your fund through this method, you are required by this email to verify your identity by providing the information as requested below:
(1) Your Full Names:
(2) Your Address/Country:
(3) Your Telephone Number:
Send all response via email to: email@example.com
Note: For your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hiccups in receiving your ATM payment.
In receipt of this confidential email, you are required to get back to us immediately to proceed with the funds release or stop with the release to your representatives and claim your funds personally.
We anticipate your earliest cooperation in this regards.
Dr. Carlos Bradlow.
Executive Director United Nations Human Settlements Programme
United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC).
United States Clearing Office.
Telephone: +1 917 231 3445
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