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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:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: Agent James Knight <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:38:27 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY / YOUR URGENT ATTENTION IS HIGHLY NEEDED
OFFICE OF UNITED NATION
ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN UNITY (OAU)
FOREIGN DEBT RECONCILIATION PANEL
Following the petition i received from United Nations Human Rights Commissions (UNHRC) and the International Arbitration panel over a compensation of advance fee fraud and scam victims in Asia, Europe and Africa. The United Nation and African Union has set up a special panel called the (Foreign Debt Reconciliation Panel) (FDRP) that comprises all the financial monitoring and compensation body and IC3 to work out the modalities for an amicable way of making sure that every victim of fraud from Asia, Europe,Africa and other countries is duly compensated as a pre-condition of lifting the economic sanction.
It is significant to mention that the United Nation and African Union is aware of the situation and some funds spent by you while paying the fee to receive your fund, Owing to this development, The World Bank Group and IC3 Foreign Debt Reconciliation Panel has resolved to pay every victim of fraud whichever way in Africa and other part of the countries the sum of US$2.500,000.00 (TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) each.
However on verification of the file for approval, your names with several others was approved to receive the compensation through ATM VISA CARD and deliver to your postal address with the Pin Numbers as to enable you make withdrawal maximum of $5,000 on each withdrawal from any Bank ATM Machine of your choice, until all the funds are exhausted.
Note: I have been Officially Assigned to facilitate this Transaction, I hereby advise you to adhere to my instruction to enable us complete your Payment Into a valid accessible ATM VISA CARD, E-mail me Your Full Name, Phone number and your complete Home address in other to begin the Accreditation Process of Loading your Fund into a valid accessible ATM CARD.
Mr David R. Malpass
The Foreign Debt Reconciliation Panel