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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:
- "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)
- ",500,000" (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.
- 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: "Mr.António Guterres" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2019 13:21:48 -0800
UNITED NATIONS ASSISTED PROGRAMMED
DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL PAYMENT AND
TRANSFERS. UNITED NATIONS LIAISON OFFICE
LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
WIRE TRANSFER/AUDIT UNIT
Our Ref: UN/CPO/WB/845/2019
Reply To: firstname.lastname@example.org
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family?You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for the passed three months which ended two days ago with the UNITED NATIONS BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND AUDITORS with New secretary to the United Nation. Mr.António Guterres. This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world,
the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of $10,500,000 USD (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars} each. 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.
You are advised to contact Dr KINSLEY MOGHALU, of ROYAL BANK of CANADA as he is our representative, contact him immediately for the receiving of your US$10,500,000 USD (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars} This fund is ready to release to you through CASH DELIVERY or Bank to Bank transfer You have to make your chioce how to receive your payment through CASH DELIVERY OR BANK TO BANK TRANSFER
you have to quickly reconfirm your full information such as your full Name,Residential Address, Private Phone Number YOUR ID CARD YOUR OCCUPATION.
Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your payment, You have to contact Dr KINSLEY MOGHALU on this email email@example.com
United Nation Secretary General.
RE: APPROVED OF YOUR FUND
Reply To: firstname.lastname@example.org