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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: UN Compensation Fund Payment <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: UN Compensation Fund Payment <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:39:28 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Urgent reconfirmation
Attn: Honourable Beneficiary,
I am Mr. Chris Renken, the vice Chairman of the International Investigations and Anti-Fraud Task Force delegated to African/European Region this year 2017. Due to numerous complaints we got from foreign beneficiaries on their inability to claim their entitlements, our entire delegates have investigated why they are yet to receive their Inheritance, Contracts and Compensatory funds into their respective bank accounts even after they must have fulfilled the necessary obligations and paid required transfer fees.
In view of this development, we have been mandated by the United Nations (UN) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in conjunction with Interpol to rectify these anomalies by making sure foreign beneficiaries receive their long overdue funds without making further upfront payment(s), and we have been able to repatriate funds that were wrongly diverted into different bank accounts abroad by these bad eggs. We also discovered your file and are surprised that you are yet to receive your payment up till this moment after fulfilling all requirements and complying with all the transfer requests by presenting documents that proves your legitimacy as the beneficiary of this fund.
In addition to that, a certain man came forward to represent you to receive the monetary compensation of USD$3, 100,000 (Three Million, One Hundred Thousand Dollars Only) with the below details:
Bill Cook of 12354 N HUMPHREY S BOISE, ID 83714 IDAHO USA,
Bank of America 9780 W Fair view Ave Boise, ID 83704 Routing No: 125000574
Swift Code: BOFAUS3N Wire Routing No. 026009593 A/C No: 001254157756
Beneficiary: Bill Cook
We want to know if you are still alive to claim this fund because your representative said that upon your death you have given him permission to make the claim in your stead. If you are alive, kindly reconfirm immediately back to us for the conclusion of formalities for the issuing out of payments to you as the recipient beneficiary
Mr. Chris Renken
International Investigations & Anti-Fraud Task Force