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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:
- "stamp duty" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "million united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "courier company" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "MRS KASMITH EDWARDR" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2019 00:08:32 +0200
Subject: PAYMENT ORDER VIA ATM CARD
Good day, dear beneficiary.On behalf
of the UN Human Rights Compensations office,
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10017 ;USA
RELEASE CODE No:UNCCXX2020PW
AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF UNPAID FUNDS
Dear, Email ID Owner.
Contact UBA Bank to Receive Your payment funds total amount of $6.4Million
United State Dollars now We have actually been authorized by the newly
appointed United Nation secretary general, and the governing body of the
UNITED NATIONS Monetary Unit, to investigate the unnecessary delay on your
payment, recommended and approved in your favor. During the course of our
investigation, we discovered with dismay that your payment funds total
amount of $6.4Million United State Dollars has been unnecessarily Delayed
by corrupt officials of the Bank who are Trying to divert your funds into
their private accounts.
To prevent this, security of your funds have been re-organized. We will
monitor your compensation payment by ourselves to avoid any repetition of
the hopeless situation created by the officials of the previous paying
banks, Issued below is the code of conduct. This must be presented to
attain your lump sum payment. Please take note and copy this code.The code
must be indicated to the institution processing the payment.The Benin UBA
Global Bank. No exceptions.(ATM/NR:UNCCORG/IMF/WAMA/P4676) To confirm:
You are therefore advice to contact:
Director UBA BANK PLC Payment Department
office.Telephone Numbers +229-6905 6807
Contact him now for the delivery of your ATM Card. As soon as you
establish a contact with him, an ATM card will be issued to you
immediately which you can use to withdraw your funds in any Bank ATM
Machine in your Country, but the maximum is $20 000 per day. It is also
important to inform you, that you are needed to pay official mandatory
fees for the signing of your fund paperwork, stamp duty and validation of
your payment file, which will enable the bank to initial your payment.
Should you need any further clarifications regarding your ATM VISA CARD
delivery do not hesitate to contact the under signed person.With the
following information as stated below:
1. Your Full Name______________
2. Address Where You Want the Courier Company to Send Your ATM Card
To or (P.O Box)
3. Your Age___________________________ _
5. Telephone Numbers_____________
6. Country_______________________ ____
You are advised to keep your payment code details/information from the
public to avoid WRONG claim.This instructions is from the custody of the
United Nation Human Rights representative office UK this is for
abbreviation of the rate of economic crisis as we saw your name on the
list of unpaid individuals,
On behalf of the UN we apologize for the failure to pay your funds on time
and for any inconveniences such as approved registered payments being
forwarded to our processing institution in Africa.Due to we have a not of
beneficiary's in African so that you can be cleared and paid
simultaneously there. If you receive this mail in your spam folder, it
could be due to your Internet Service Provider, ISP. So move to your
inbox before your reply.
Public Relations Officer
United Nation Human Rights