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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:
- "foreign payment department" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: FOREIGN PAYMENT DEPARTMENT <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2019 15:21:11 +0100
Subject: Good Morning
This is to officially inform you that we have verified inheritance online wining file and found out why you have not received your compensate payment Which was approve by united nation in your name is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your inheritance payment.
After our official meeting yesterday United Nations office has agreed to compensate all scam victims which your email is inclusive and total payment of $10.5M USD is approved in your favor.
Therefore we have arranged your total payment of $10.5M USD through online transfer to your nominated account or ATM CARD with drawers world wild which is the latest instruction from the World Bank president. This compensation includes international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc.
Reconfirm the following Information to me if you are still willing to receive your funds:
1. Your Email adress is needed
2. Phone number.......
5. Country......./ HOME ADRESS.....
6. A copy of your valid ID...
Mrs Ruth Clark
FOREIGN PAYMENT DEPARTMENT
UBA BANK BENIN REPUBLIC