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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Edward C. David" < David.@tempo.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Mr. Edward C. David" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2018 20:23:20 +0900 (JST)
Subject: United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)
United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)
UN Information Service
7Palais des Nations, 1211 GenÃ¨ve, Switzerland
At the United Nations 72nd General Assembly (UNGA 72) meeting held on
September 2017 at its headquarters in New York City, NY United States,
a total of $8,189,500,505.23 was declared by the UN Financial Crimes
Commission as recovered funds from fraudulent activities.
These funds have been recovered by various governments and anti-fraud
entities around the world from accounts connected to embezzlement and
other fraudulent practices.
In an effort to cushion the loss suffered by fraud victims the world
over, the UNCC (United Nations Compensation Commission) has set up a
compensation scheme to return funds lost by victims from fraudulent
activities all over the world. These payouts will start out with 400
randomly selected individuals and the extent of their compensation
will be decided from the findings of our surveillance report.
We are glad to inform you that you are one of the 400 randomly
selected persons to benefit from the first phase of this compensation
scheme in your country. Our analysis shows a total sum of
$20,500,000.00 to be paid to you and the other 399 victims of
fraudulent activities in your area. Please note that for victims in
your category and country, ABNB Federal Credit Union United States has
been chosen to oversee all relevant disbursements. Kindly reach out to
the ABNB Federal Credit Union representative stated below to begin the
process and access your payment. It is of utmost importance that you
keep close to all instructions to follow and to do so without delay.
ABNB Federal Credit Union, Address: 830 Greenbrier Circle Chesapeake,Va 23320.
Contact Personnel: Mr. Edward C. David
personal E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
To begin the compensation process, you are required to send this
reference code,(XDKOFXXLTN) to ABNB Federal Credit Union
representative Mr. Edward C. David, also with a reconfirmation of your
full personal profile details listed below.
Current Phone number#-----------
Thank you for your kind attention.
United Nations Information Service