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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:
- "you are advise to" (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: UN Board of Directors <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 03:09:27 +0800
Subject: Payment approval by the UN Board of Directors!!
UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION AWARD 2016 APPROVED YOUR PAYMENT .
UNITED NATIONS ASSISTED PROGRAM
DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL
PAYMENT AND TRANSFERS.
Our Ref: WB/NF/UN/XX02016.
Attention : Sir/Madam
This is to inform you that your payment has been approved by the UN
Board of Directors and the Project Manager , as this email is to all
the people that have unfinished transaction as a beneficiary and that
has been scammed in any part of the world which we found your email
address in the web directory , The UNITED NATIONS have agreed to
compensate them with the sum of USD$450,000.00 Under the United
Nations Project unfinished transaction beneficiary and scam victims
rehabilitation scheme, You are listed and approved to receive your
payment through ATM Visa Card or bank transfer.
This has been approved in your name to compensate you for all your lost according to the instruction
given by the United States Government and the Secretary General of the
UN/WORLD BANK ORGANIZATION that the compensation payment program will
END as soon as possible , As this also includes every foreign
contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people
that may have unfinished transaction or international businesses
that failed due to Government problems e.t.c.
On that note, you are hereby advice to re-confirm your Name in Full
,Occupation,Contact Address and Telephone number to Mrs. Jane Cole of
Zenith Bank to enable her release your payment to you through ATM Visa
CARD or bank to bank on-line transfer as this has been agreed upon and
has been signed.
Therefore, your ATM CARD Number is : 4120 5350 0007 4999 has been
upgrade in your favor to install your payment successfully as soon as
you contact the Zenith Bank manager Mrs. Jane Cole .
Your payment file details Reference No.-621904871, Allocation No:
HK-37601-22 ,Password No :AB938001, Certificate of Merit Payment
No:165,Released Code No: 0022 , to enable the bank manager release
your compensation payment Atm visa card
Here below is the bank manager email address to email her your contact
details for your payment before your payment file terminated .
Contact Person : Mrs.Jane Cole the Bank manager of Zenith Bank
Bank Name : Zenith Bank
You are advise to re-confirm the following information to Mrs.Jane Cole
the Bank manager of Zenith Bank:
Your Full Name :
Your Age :
Your Contact Address :
Your Mobile Phone Number :
Take note that the above information of your payment file are to be
kept highly confidential as we will not bear responsibility for loose
of character regarding your funds and having received these vital
payment information, you are qualified now to receive your fund
directly from the above office
Contact the Bank as instructed before your payment file is canceled .
Ms. Valerie Amos.
Cc : Kathy Calvin ( United Nations Foundation )