fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
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:
- "you are advice to " (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.
- email@example.com (Yahoo, Japan; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Pastor William Duke" <"Willains@"@mc.ccnw.ne.jp>
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2019 02:00:20 -0700
Subject: Contract And Your Inheritance fund Payment Notification
From The Headquarters
United Nation/International Monetary Fund
Debt Reconciliation Department.
Committee on Human Settlements Program
Contract And Your Inheritance fund Payment Notification
This is to inform you that U.S.A government, world Bank, IMF and United Nations has set a Joint Commission to release all the contract, inheritance, lottery and other entitlement claim and also compensation for scam victims and your name is in the list of UN entitlement claim, and all the irregularities has been resolved and approved to pay you the sum of $5.9million without delay, because this is Commission program to ensure you receive your entitlement.
The Commission does hereby give this irrevocable approval order with this release code: gnc/3480/10/18 in your favor for your entitlement, approved by world bank, that your fund should be released through Ocbc Bank London, so you are advised to contact the Ocbc Bank London and make your choice on how you want to receive your fund, either by atm card or wire transfer. This is regards to the instruction given by the Regulatory Commission of the world summit to assist citizens around the globe, and now your new payment codes are as follows, united nations approval no; un8685p, white house approved no: wh84cv, reference no.-38484021, allocation no: 675332 password no: 337331, pin code no: 22974 and your certificate of merit payment no: 102, released code no: 0763; telex confirmation no: -1113433; secret code no: xxtn093, having received these vital payment numbers, you are qualified now to receive your payment as you are able to comply with the requirement.
As a matter of fact, you are required to communicate with Mr Mark Edward, the head of telex department of Ocbc Bank London with the help of monitory team from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) New York which is our official remitting committee on foreign payment matters, to make sure you receive your fund. So contact: Mr Mark Edward on his contact information, for immediate release of your inheritance/contract/lottery entitlement claim.
Note: your personal contact/communication code with Mr Mark Edward is (Access X00575), you are advice to send your banking information to Mr Mark Edward the head of telex department of the Bank and make sure you speak with him, with your new payment code for the release of your payment.
CONTACT PERSON: MR. MARK EDWARD
HEAD OF TELEX DEPARTMENT OCBC BANK LONDON
Pastor William Duke
The Chairman UN Payment Board