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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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million 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 dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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: " Jamal Ahmad Quiser " <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 11 May 2019 06:10:38 -0700
Subject: YOUR REF: (UN/WB/FGA)
United Nation (Anti-Fraud Unit)
Address:Palais des Nations,
1211 Genève, Switzerland
OUR REF: UN-FGA/WB4/11
YOUR REF: (UN/WB/FGA)
*****48HRS SERVICE *****
LETTER OF COMPENSATION/SETTLEMENT.
We hereby inform you that out of our records for the year investigation it is drawn to us that you have been victimized by the men of underworld (Pretenders/impostors). However,the management has been dutifully empowered by the Investigation bureau office of the UN President and United States Government to curb all illicit transaction and workload of this perpetrators.
We have been having a meeting for the passed 7 months which ended 2 days ago with the secretary to the UNITED NATIONS and President Donald Trump of United States to compensate 500,000 scam victim worldwide. This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS and FEDERAL RESERVE BANK have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$5.5 Million United State Dollars to each person.
This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed.Please make sure you respond to this email well and stop communicating with FAKE Office that has been promising you heaven and earth but all is in vain.
You are advised to contact Mr Jamal Ahmad Quiser as he is our representative, in United states contact him immediately for your ATM CARD VALUED US $5.5 Million United State Dollars/ This funds are in a ATM CARD for security purpose, so that he will send it to you and you can withdraw it in any ATM machine of your choice.
Therefore, you should send him Email immediately with BELOW INFORMATION he will tell you what you need to do to receive your ATM CARD VALUED US$5.5 Million United State Dollars.
NOTE: FOR NON APPEARANCES, DO NOT CONTACT JAMAL AHMAD QUISER, IF YOU CAN NOT PAY FOR THE SHIPPING OF YOUR ATM CARD OR VISIT ANY OF OUR DISBURSEMENT CENTER FOR THE CLAIM.
Your Full Name...........
Your Home Address........
Your Private Telephone Number.......
These above-mentioned information will officially enable us to carry out our verification processes and after that your compensation/Inheritance Funds will be approved in your name and will be hand over to you by ATM Card delivery to your doorstep or you visiting any of our disbursement center for the claim.
Contact our representative with the information below for direction. Person to Contact: Mr Jamal Ahmad Quiser
Thanks and God bless you and your family.
Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your ATM CARD.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres