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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:
- "you are advice to " (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 (Safe-mail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "UNOFD" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 16:57:41 -0000
Subject: Your fund Release Notification
Debt Reconciliation Department.
Committee On Foreign
United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Contract And Your Inheritance fund Payment Notification
This is to inform you that U.S.A government, world Bank, IMF and United Nations organization officials resolved to release the sum of $10.5million as you have been among the beneficiary to receive your fund as United Nations inheritance/contract/lottery entitlement claim program. The mentioned organizations do hereby gave this irrevocable approval order with this release code: gnc/3480/10/17 in your favor for your entitlement, it has been approved by the world bank, that your fund should be released through an accredited Bank, so you are advised to contact the accredited bank and make your choice on how you want to receive your fund, either by atm card or wire transfer. I am contacted you regards to the instruction given by United Nations to assist citizens around the globe.
Now your payment approval codes are as follows: UN approval no; UN8685P, IMF approved no: wh84cv, reference no.-38484021, allocation no: 675332 , pin code no: 22974 and your certificate of merit payment no: 102, released code no: 0763; secret code no: xxtn093, having received these vital payment codes, you are qualified to received your payment.
As a matter of fact, you are required to communicate with Mr. Edward Ralph, the head of telex department of Access Bank with the help of monitory team from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) New York which is our official remitting committee on foreign payment matters, to make sure you receive your fund. So contact: Mr. Edward Ralph on his contact information, direct e-mail: federeserbk@Safe-mail.net for immediate release of your United Nation inheritance/contract/lottery entitlement claim.
Note: your personal contact/communication code with Mr. Edward Ralph is (Access 017), you are advice to send your banking information to Mr. Edward Ralph the head of telex department of the Bank and make sure you speak with him, with your new payment code for the release of your payment.
CONTACT PERSON: MR. EDWARD RALPH
HEAD OF TELEX DEPARTMENT ACCESS BANK
(Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Program,Contract And Inheritance fund Payment Notification,