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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:
- "hundred thousand united state dollars" (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: "Matthew Rycroft" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:10:01 -0700
Subject: RE: COMPENSATION OF US$700.000.00
IN AFFILIATION WITH WORLD BANK.
3 Whitehall Court,
London, SW1A 2EL.
Our Ref: UN/TH/069011
&n bsp; Date: 7/6/2010
RE: COMPENSATION OF US$700.000.00
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting
for the passed 3 months which ended yesterday with the secretary to the UNITED NATION. This email is to all the people that have been
scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$700.000.00 (Seven Hundred Thousand
United State Dollars Only) each and you have to indicate how much you have lost in the hand of scammers.
This includes every foreign contractors, Inheritance and Lottery payment that have not received their Lottery/Inheritance payment, and
people that have had an unfinished transaction or international Lottery payment that failed due to Government problems etc. We found
your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed, Click on this link to see for
You are advised to contact Mr.Adams Johnson who is in charge of your compensation payment through our paying center in West Africa as he is
our representative in West Africa, contact him immediately for your compensation of US$700.000.00. This funds have been deposited with
Bank West Africa for security purpose which they will open an online account on your behalf to enable you transfer your compensation funds
online to any account of your choice.
Therefore, you should send your Full Name and telephone number,your correct mailing address. Contact personal assistance of United Nation
immediately for your compensation payment you can as well call him.
Person to Contact: Mr.Adams Johnson
Building Name: United Nations House
N0. 51 Liberation Rd
Opp. Ghana Olympics Tower
Ridge Accra Ghana
Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your compensation funds.
United Nations, Making the world a better place.
Chairman Security Council