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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:
- "economic and financial crime commission" (This name is often mentioned in money recovery scams (re-scam): the real EFCC does not contact victims to offer to get their money back because that is near impossible. )
- 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: Federal High Court of Nigeria <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:31:44 -0800
Subject: FROM UN COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS UNIT.
UN COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS UNIT.
REF/PAYMENTS CODE: 03354.
AMOUNT ; $2.550 Million USD.
How are you, Hope all is well with you and your family, You may not
understand why this mail came to you.
United Nation have been having a meeting for the past 3 months which
ended 15,October 2016 with the World Bank President Mr.Jim Yong Kim and
the United States Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry.
This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of
the world, and the people that have lost their properties in the
earthquakes and tsunami United Nations and World Bank have agreed to
compensate them with the sum of $2.550 Million (Two Million Five
Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) each, this includes
every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract
sum and people that have had an unfinished transaction or
international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc.
Your name and email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team
of Economic and Financial Crime Commission observers and this is why
we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been
You are advised to contact MR.BANTHOON LAMSAM of KASIKORN BANK
Plc,BANGKOK THAILAND, as he is our representative, contact him
immediately for your check/International Bank Draft of USD$ 2.550
Million (Two Million Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States
Dollars) This funds are in a Bank Draft for security purpose so he
will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice.
Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number
with your correct mailing address, where you want him to send the
Draft to you.
Contact MR.BANTHOON LAMSAM immediately for your Check:
Telephone: + (66)9012-82-3453
Good-luck and kind regards,
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon