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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: mrjameskinght <"AAAA."@violin.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: mrjameskinght <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:40:56 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From United Nations,
From United Nations,
The United Nations has proposed and deposited your over-due compensation payment of US$5.500,000.00 with United Nation subsidiary office in Benin republic, this is regarding the draws the Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon organized on his visit to Africa last Month to help individuals/Scam victims and charity organization, which your name/email was listed among those who are to benefit from this compensation exercise.
The United Nation subsidiary office in Benin republic will be waiting to hear from you, the payment of US$5.500,000.00 has been programmed into ATM VISA DEBIT CARD and upon your response, we shall commence all about the signing and approval in your name with Registration Reference No: MFNB/UNSWEDEN/2017.
Kindly get back to this office with your details as listed below.
1. Your Full Name:=======
2. Your Telephone No:====
3. Your Country:=========
4. Your Home Address:====
5. Your Nearest airport:==
Resource control management team, Benin Republic. Contact UN manager office