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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:
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Nick Millard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2018 02:37:26 -0800
Greetings! Sir /Maddam
This is to inform you that the sum of Â£4,800,000.00GBP(FOUR MILLION EIGHT
HUNDRED THOUSAND BRITISH POUND STERLING) have been approved by United
Nations(UN) General Assembly Resolution as the compensations fund/Debt
settlement to you.This is for the scammed victims and those that have had
an unfinished transaction or International Businesse that failed due to
Government problems or irregularities and you will be required to contact
our domicile (Credit Suisse Bank) in London whom has been authorised with
the mandate for clearance /disbursement of your compensations funds/foreign
debts claim into your assigned account.
Sequel to the approval order as written above,United Nations (UN) has
devised a fast and efficient means of paying all beneficiaries in which
your details herein depicts you as the legitimate beneficiary of which the
Credit Suisse Bank has been authorised with your payment schedule. It is
therefore imperative that you follow their complete instruction/ directives
to facilitate the timely release and transfer of your fund as stated above.
BEFORE WE PROCEED, WE NEED YOU TO RE-CONFIRM YOUR UPDATED INFORMATION AS
1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Date of Birth:
3. Your Complete Home Address:
4. Your Phone Number:
5. A Copy of Identifications Any in the bracket (A. International
Passport, B. Driverâs License, and C. National Identification)
We are here to monitor your dealings with Credit Suisse Bank and also to
ensure that you receive your funds without delay.
Kindly keep us posted upon your correspondence with Credit Suisse Bank.
We anticipate the favor of your full co-operation to enable us complete the
process in a timely manner.
Mr Nick Millard
United Nations Association UK