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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:
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- 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: "AWARD PROGRAM" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:38:03 -0400
This is my second time I am sending you this notification, simple contact
UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION AWARD PROGRAM
CONTACT Officer: Rev.Kelvin Williams
CELL PHONE:(916) 304-5426
with your contact information
3. Phone number,
so that he can deliver the Package worth $750,000,00 as he just been Release for shipment to you now but misplaced your information, he will give you more details when you re-confirm details. Your personal code to the box is XLA21492014SD, and the color is silver. NB indicate this code to the Diplomat Rev.Kelvin Williams, so that he can know that you are the rightful owner of the box, Note that this is from the Bank Of Africa funding and support program where your name where selected through a carefully African web gathering of data in electronic base systems. For more information you can contact to the office of the Director UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION AWARD PROGRAM.
FORMER UN SECRETARY GENERAL
(CHAIRMAN OF FUND RELEASE)