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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:
- "to your nominated bank account" (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)
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 21:02:35 +0100
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF YOUR FUND
We wish to inform you that the United Nations (UN) has authorized us to remit to you the total sum of $2.5million USD (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars). This amount is to be paid to you because of the fact that you were selected as a beneficiary of the United Nations Poverty Alleviation Program (UNPAP) held in United State of America Washington DC, by the United Nations. This program is inline with the social responsibility of the United Nations Organization, which is held once every year to change the living status of seven (7) lives around the Globe.
The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to countries of the world for capital programs. It comprises two institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the International Development Association (IDA). The World Bank is an international organization dedicated to providing financing, advice and research to developing nations to aid their economic advancement. The World Bank was created out of the Bretton Woods agreement as a result of many European and Asian countries needing financing to fund reconstruction efforts.
The World Bank Group (WBG) is a family of five international organizations that make leveraged loans to developing countries. It is the largest and most famous development bank in the world and is an observer at the United Nations Development Group. The World Bank's money comes from a number of different sources. IBRD, which provides loans to middle-income countries and to poorer countries able to repay loans at terms based on market rates, raises most of its funds on the world's financial markets by selling World Bank bonds to investors.
The World Bank was created at the 1944 Breton Woods Conference, along with three other institutions, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The president of the World Bank is, traditionally, an American. The World Bank and the IMF are both based in Washington, D.C, and work closely with each other.
Your Inheritance/Winning payment was paid to us, by United Nations and they have successfully succeeded in depositing your whole Funds with us here at Standard Chartered Bank (SCB). They have now ordered us to take full responsibility in the Wire transfer process of the whole $2.5 Million USD (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) to your nominated Bank Account or if you want the Funds to be issued into an ATM Master Card for you which you will have access to withdraw $2,000 dollars daily. That means that you will continuously receive a daily limit of $2,000.00USD from the Card and you can make use of this Card at any ATM Machine all over the World.
To begin this transaction now, you need to send us the details below to enable us proceed on how to get this Card to you in your home address.
Also have it in mind that you have two method of receiving your Funds, so it is left to you now to make a choice of delivery either by Wire Transfer or by ATM card.
Note that Wire Transfer will cost you $200.
Delivery of the Card will cost you $150.
Below are the information needed for now for your transfer.
1. Personal Details:
Direct Mobile Number:
Thanks for Your Co-Operation and understanding.