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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:
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: UPDATED payment alert <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:13:29 +0100
Subject: The Transaction Payment (17/2/2018)
The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)
UNCC Secretariat Villa The Lawn Palais des Nations
8-12 Avenue of Peace 1211.
Attn: Esteem Beneficiary.
This is officially informing you that THE UNITED NATIONS and WORLD BANK-GROUP have authorized me to contact you base on your compensation amount. After an extensive close door meeting between the Board of Directors of the UNITED NATIONS and WORLD BANK-GROUP.
The United Nations, World Bank-Group and International Monetary Fund have agreed to compensate you with the sum of One Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars ($1.5 Million) after your name and email was submitted by the Internet International Monitoring Group during the UNCC Conference Meeting which was held in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016, We are also aware that a lot of foreigners have been deceived and huge amounts of money have been stolen from them by Internet Fraudsters around the World.
Six categories of claims were set up: Claims from individuals forced around the World between the invasion and the cease fire, Terrorist Attacks, Earthquakes, Internet Fraudsters (Category A); Claims from individuals who (or whose family) suffered injuries or Death as a result of the invasion (B); Claims from individuals for business losses, pain and anguish, property damage etc.
Each claim category had specific dates for initiating the claim and providing required evidence. A total of over $352.5 billion in claims was submitted in 2,686,131 claims. Of these claims, 1,543,619 (57%) resulted in some sort of award. The total awarded, to be paid by Iraq/Iran and Kuwaits oil revenues, was just over $52.4 billion. The UNCC adopted a policy of paying individuals first, with the result that the remaining sum is owed entirely to a government entity, specifically the state oil companies of Iraq/Iran and Kuwait.
For this reason you are to receive your payment through a certified ATM Visa Card. With this Visa Card you can withdraw money from any part of the World without being disturbed or delay. All that is required of your now is to contact our 100% trust officials. Below is his contact information:
Make sure you contact this above email,it is where you will catch the fish,this is a proverb.
For more proof, below is the tracking details of a beneficiary in your category that just received an ATM Card accordingly this year.
Beneficiary Name: Bo Johansson
Tracking Number: 810083911961
Delivery Courier: FedEx Express Shipment
You can track for yourself for further assurances. Please ensure that you follow the directives and instructions so that within 72 hours you would have received your card payment and your secret pin code issued directly to you for security reasons.We apologize on behalf of the United Nation organization for any delay you might have encountered in receiving your fund in the past.Congratulations, and I look forward to hear from you as soon as you confirm your payment making the world a better place.
Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs