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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:
- "consignment " (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 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: "United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:20:12 -0300
Subject: YOUR APPROVED UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND OF $2,316,000 USD
United Nations Population Fund
Headquarters:New York City (United States)
Head: Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
The United Nations (UN) from Headquarters: New York City, New York United States with Founders; France, Denmark, Ecuador, Australia, Canada, Belgium during the UN General Assembly after an Intensive meeting with the World Leaders on Thursday March 10 2015, we have decided to release list from our yearly United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Beneficiaries after a fair selection from our selected countries. After a random selection from email addresses across the world, You have emerged to be a beneficiary to The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The Sum of $2,316,000USD (Two Million, Three Hundred and Sixteen thousand United States dollars) has been awarded in your favor through a Consignment box which would be delivered to your door step by our qualified logistics.
Beneficiaries who are luckily selected to be a participant from the United Nations Population Fund are to invest a total of 15% from their total allocated funds to the less privileged ones in their community thereby sending us proof of their Investments, We are using this platform to touch hidden places in the World where we could not reach as a means of touching people's life's globally.
You are hereby demanded to Contact HEAD Of UNFPA In the person of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin via his below details for your Confirmation letter and how to claim your Consignment Box with intact funds.
Info needed by you to send along:
Your Full name
Your Home address
Your Direct Telephone Number
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
Telephone:- +1 979-319-7394
E-mail address:- email@example.com
For further details based on the The United Nations Population Fund please visit below link.
Please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babatunde_Osotimehin
Congratulations on your selections to be a participant from our yearly UNFPA program.
The United Nations Population Fund (Secretary)