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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "David Campbell" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:15:57 +0300
Subject: Have you received your $459,000.00 payment??
I need to confirm from you if the Bank has credited your account, with the approved amount of $459,000.00 as instructed by United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)?
The United Nation has instructed for an immediate transfer to all beneficiaries who has an outstanding payment from executed contracts,and other funds to collect. The instruction came after our meetings with heads of States and governments on the need to settle outstanding customers.
I will be obliged to confirm from you if you have received the money from our corresponding bank, to enable us close your file and put our record straight.
However, if you have not received your payment, please contact me as soon as possible for more clarification.
Cell Phone: +1 3473 827 258
WhatsAPP +1 484 810 4010
Thanks for the anticipated cooperation.
Awaiting your swift response.
Mr. David Campbell
Head, Corporate Banking & Public Sector
Assistant Payment Officer