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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:
- ",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)
- "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)
- 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.
- +447010054837 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- 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: "E.U. AND FAO FINANCIAL" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:29:09 +0530
Subject: Agricultural Development Program.
United Nations UK
3 Whitehall Court
RE: E.U. AND FAO FINANCIAL GRANT SUMMIT ;
The Council of European Union Parliament (E.U) In conjunction with The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have just concluded the General Meeting of today in which good discussion and progress was made to reward Agricultural Farm Development, Investors, Industrialists and Traders In Africa, Europe , And Asia Countries.
The meeting lasted for three (3) hours because all the officials from various Regional Committees of the E.U and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) were present, The delegates from London, United Kingdom were in the meeting, the officials of IMF World Auditors (including Mrs. Margaret Powell and Alvin T Clyde) arrived in good time before commencement of the meeting. Also present in the crucial meeting of today were Mr. Gabriel Alanson and Kenneth Irwin Dickson from Commonwealth Financial Office. The meeting started in a good time and all the invited officials plus the top executives of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) joined at the Conference Room and the meeting commenced in earnest.
This resolution was reached based on so many complaints tabled at the Head Quarters of the United Nation Office in Washington D.C in regards on how to help Farmers, Investors, Industrialist and Traders to come back on track after the World Economic Crisis to foster Financial Development across the globe.
This reward is to help you restructure, boost and improve you financially in your activities.
The Approved FILE bearing your full name was presented for deliberation and the Executive Financial Auditors have unanimously resolved to include your full-name amongst the favored beneficiaries who will benefit from the amount earmarked for the Agricultural Development Program (A.D.P).
The remittance officials must as a matter of necessity proceed to effect the transfer of the authenticated/approved amount of US$ 5,000,000.00 (Five Million United States Dollar) Only, to you.
During the meeting of today, the Council of E.U and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Parliament resolved that all favored beneficiaries must quickly send application to the Office of the Director, José Graziano da Silva, on this email: ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and Telephone number: + 44 701 005 4837. requesting for Accelerated Remittance of your approved grant of US$ 5.,Million (Five Million United States Dollar).
You are advised to send us the following information.
(1) YOUR FULL NAME:
(2) RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS:
(3) PHONE, FAX AND CELL PHONE:
For further requiry, please call telephone : [ + 44 701 005 4837 ] for more clarifications.
José Graziano da Silva
United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)