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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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: "H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 06:10:46 -0700
Subject: YOUR US$980,000.00
It is our pleasure to notify you that United Nations Board of Auditors have agreed to compensate you with sum of US$980,000.00 and follow the instructions from Dr. Jim Yong Kim The World Bank president we has arranged your Fund through MasterCard ATM which is the most easiest and safe methods to release your payment.
Meanwhile be advised to contact our representative Agent. James Ross who is in position to release your MasterCard ATM below is his contact details:
Name: Mr. James A. Ross
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel Number: +229 9855-6769
Please take note of the above to avoid mistake and you are required to fill the below details and forward to him:
1. Your Full Name:
3. Your Delivery Address:
5. Your Occupation...
5. Your Age...... /Sex............
Note this compensation including Scam Victims and international businesses that failed due to Government problem etc. However note any other contact you made out side his office is at your own risk.
I wish you the very best of luck.
H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson
Deputy Secretary-General U.N
CC: Mr. Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary General
CC: Mr. Jim Yong Kim the World Bank President
CC: Mrs. Christine Lagarde the IMF Managing Director