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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "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)
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Robert" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:12:16 -0700
Subject: Re:claim your compensation reward
ATTENTION BENEFICIARY ,
CBN./UNITED NATIONS 2017 SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS .
This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from the United Nations & Central Bank to pay 150 scam victims US$300,000.00 (THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) each. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount, get back to us as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your US$300,000.00 compensations funds.
On this faithful recommendations, we want you to know that during the last U.N. meetings held at Abuja-Nigeria. it was alarmed so much by the world in the meetings on the lost of funds by various individuals to the Nigerian scam artists operating in syndicates all over the world today. In other to compensate victims, the U.N Body in conjunction with the Nigerian Government is now paying 150 victims of these operations US$300,000.00 each in accordance with the U.N. recommendations.
Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Nigeria, the Payments are to be supervised by the 'United Nations' Officials and the Central Bank of Nigeria, as the corresponding paying bank is According to the number of applicants at hand, 114 Beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United States, we still have more 36 left to be paid the compensations of US$300,000.00 each .Your particulars was mentioned by one of the Syndicates who was arrested as one of their victims of the operations,
You are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him For any reason what so ever as the U.S. secret service is already on trace of the other criminals. So keep it secret till they are all apprehended. Other victims who have not been contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and possible consideration. If you have already been notified of this payment programmed previously, do proceed with your claim as required.
As directed by the Global Settlement Committee, You can receive your compensations payments via any of this payment Options you may Choose: (A.)CERTIFIED CHEQUE, (B.)ATM CARD PAYMENTS .
We shall feed you with further modalities as soon as we hear from you.
Mr. Robert kane
For Valerie Amos