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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 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: "UNCC Team" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:45:14 +0100
Subject: IT 'S TIME FOR TO CLAIM YOUR FUND.
The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) is located in Villa La Pelouse within United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland. It was created in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the United Nations Security Council under Security Council resolution 687 (1991) to process claims and pay compensation for losses and damage suffered as a direct result of Iraqs unlawful invasion and occupation of Kuwait in 1990-91.
About 2.7 million claims, with an asserted value of $352.5 billion, were filed with the Commission. The Commission concluded claims-processing in 2005, and the total compensation awarded was $52.4 billion to approximately 1.5 million successful claimants. Nineteen Panels of Commissioners reviewed and evaluated the claims submitted by governments, international organizations, companies and individuals. The panels reported their recommendations to the Governing Council for approval.
To date, the Commission had paid out about $47.8 billion in compensation awards to successful claimants. There remains only one claim that has not been paid in full, with a balance of about $4.6 billion outstanding. This claim was for production and sales losses as a result of damages to Kuwaits oil-field assets and represents the largest award by the Commissions Governing Council.
So after our due and refine investigation it was discovered that sum of $57,000,000.00 United States Dollars was Legally accrued to your name as the Bonfide Beneficiary.
OFFICER IN CHARGE::::
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
Tel: + 1 (360) 565 5659 CALL OR TEXT
As a matter of urgency, please contact Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
and file for your payment with the information as stated below:
1. Beneficiary's Full Names:
3. Date of Birth:
6. Physical Address:
7. Telephone Number:
8. Private E-Mail Address:
9. Copy of Identity Document (Passport ID, National ID Card or Driver's License):
We expect your urgent confirmation and response to this email as directed to enable the UNCC monitor your payment effectively.
With Best Compliments,
Thanks by the:
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