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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:
- "money laundering" ("anti-terrorist", "anti-money laundering" or "drug-free" certificates are a common way for criminals in fake lottery scams and other Advance Fee scams to get you to send money to them. There are no such certificates in the real banking world. )
- "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)
- ",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)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "economic and financial crimes commission" (This name is often mentioned in money recovery scams (re-scam): the real EFCC does not contact victims to offer to get their money back because that is near impossible. )
- "(efcc)" (This name is often mentioned in money recovery scams (re-scam): the real EFCC does not contact victims to offer to get their money back because that is near impossible. )
- This email message is a fake lottery scam. Consider the following facts about real lotteries:
- They don't notify winners by email.
- You can't win without first buying a lottery ticket.
- They don't randomly select email addresses to award prizes to.
- They don't use free email accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc) to communicate with you.
- They don't tell you to call a mobile phone number.
- They don't tell you to keep your winnings secret.
- They will never ask a winner to pay any fees to receive a prize!
- 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: "Mrs. Diane Bell McKoy" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2018 11:49:03 -0800
Subject: UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Peacekeeping Best Practices Section
380 Madison Ave, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10017
We know you will be surprise to see this email, note that this email was never send to you by mistake so make sure you go through the email carefully, We hereby inform you that the Scotland Yard Police, Interpol, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) United States of America, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria and all the African Crime fighter leaders have come together to stop scam/internet fraud in Nigeria and all round Africa.
Our duty is to make sure we stop internet scam and money laundering. Last month we have put a lot of fraudsters and internet scammers behind bars. We go all over Africa to pick this internet scam rats, We have over 8,273 of them in our jail around Africa and Europe and we are still looking for more of them everyday we received so much scam report from European and American citizens. We are aware that a lot of foreigners have been deceived mostly Americans and Europe and lost their hard earn money to these fraudsters after promising them percentages in their letters/e-mails for their impending help to move funds out Africa, Europe, Asia and America including fake lottery winning notification and at the end of the day, they will collect thousands of dollars from you without a successful end.
We have recovered over US$2.3 Billion United State Dollars from the internet fraudsters and scammers we have put behind bars.several Meetings was held last month to distribute this US$2.3 Billion United State Dollars among the scammed victims we can get in touch with, As a result of this development You have been luckily selected by email as one of the victims of these fraudsters and internet scammers, we the United Nations Peacekeeping in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have come to an agreement that you will be compensated with the sum of US$2,500,000.00 Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars.
You are advice to contact Rev. George Venezuelus, the officer in possession of your fund transfer with your details as stated below:
YOUR PHONE NUMBER:
You are to indicate how you wish to receive your funds in this available option below:
BANK TO BANK TRANSFER???
ATM CARD DELIVERY???
Please note that if you wish to receive your funds via any of these options above the delivery fee is just $60 and you are to send the fee to the delivery agent that will be given to you by Rev. George Venezuelus.
Contact Person Information
Rev. George Venezuelus
COMPENSATION UNIT DIRECTOR
Phone Call: +1 (518)-244-8143
Text message only +1 (310)-651-6658
As soon as you get in contact with him he will treat your case file as urgent and make sure you follow his instructions in other to get your funds with no time.
Making the world a better place!
GOD BLESS US ALL
Mrs. Diane Bell McKoy
Web Site: https://peacekeeping.un.org/en/un-polic