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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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Mr Abraham Olorunshola <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 01:04:25 +0100
Subject: 2016 Funding and Delivery
(2012 Project Snapshots)
UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In
all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights,
capacity development and the empowerment
(Our Funding and Delivery)
(Where our money comes from and what we spend it on)
2013, UNDP Malaysia disbursed $9.012 Billion dollars and with an
additional $4.5 Billion dollars in parallel funding from Ministries
and the private sector in addressing inclusive growth, strengthening
climate resilient development, and promoting global partnership for
through20 strategic initiatives.
25 Jul 2016:UNDP Geneva and Impact Hub launch a joint initiative
highlighting the role of innovation and entrepreneurship to accelerate
the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
19 Jul 2016:Heatwaves, Typhoons, Floods, Landslides:Researchers Detail
the Rising Risks, Price of Disasters
19 Jul 2016:Forum on Advancing Science and Technology in the
Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
2015 - 2030
Th total sum of USD$7,250,000.00. ( SEVEN MILLION TWO HUNDRED AND
FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLAR ONLY ) Have been given to you for
developing your business and country for more employments and
development of your community.
Inline to Claim your Cash Fund Consignment Deposited with the UNITED
Kindly contact The ( CASH FUND CONSIGNMENT CLAIM UNIT) OFFICER.
Contact Officer: Mr Abraham Olorunshola
Whatsapp Number: +60149379369
Wisma UN, Block C
Kompleks Pejabat Damansara
Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Cash Fund Consignment Delivery Unit.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) wishes you good luck
for your CLAIM to help your business, community for its development.