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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "UNITED NATION COMPENSATION" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:58:14 -0300
Subject: ***IMMEDIATE PAYMENT NOTIFICATION***
GRANT PAYMENT CENTER
(GPC) GLOBAL BANK
HEADQUARTERS, New York
It has been brought to our notice that you have not been paid your long overdue grant payment by the UN. This is due to some corrupt hoodlums, and some corrupt government officials who try to divert your money into their own private pocked. We have arranged your payment through International ATM Card Payment Center,this is part of an instruction passed by the United Nations in respect to all over delayed payment.
The Payment Center department will send your ATM Card valued sum of (US$8M). which you are to use in accessing your fund in any ATM MACHINE located any where in the world, and the maximum withdrawal daily limit is US$15000,00. So kindly contact the Payment Center with the below information, Most importantly you are advised to send your full data to him, which includes:
Current Residential Address:
Direct Phone Number:
All arrangements have been made to deliver your atm card to your door step, through our reliable courier agent.
Thanks for your co-operation.
DR BELL LORRIS
ATM CONTROLLER UNITED BANK