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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "million 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 of america" (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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Christopher Asher Wray" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2019 12:21:06 -0300
Subject: You are advised to stop contacting them.
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, it is because of the restrictions imposed by your Mail/Internet Service Provider, we urge you to treat it genuinely.
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may not understand why this email came to you. In regards to the recent meeting between the United Nations, Cyber Crimes Commission (CCc), Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) and the
United States Government to restore the dignity and Economy of a Nations based on the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance Project to help and make the world a better place. We have been
having meetings for the past 3 months with the Secretary General of the United Nations.
This email come to those who are yet to receive their compensation/inheritance/winnings and who have been scammed in any part of the world, this includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that
have had an unfinished transaction or Compensation payments that failed due to Government problems etc. Recently we the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) arrested internet fraudsters and
Scammer with large amount of money so if you are receiving this email its means you where select to be compensated as a scam victim among 100 selected victims with part of the money recover
from the internet fraudsters account. The UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate you with the sum of $20,000.000.00 USD(TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS).
100 people where selected across the Globe for this MIDDLE OF THE YEAR COMPENSATION and Your email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team observers and this is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed,
so you are advised to contact Mr. paul butler of the United Nations Compensation Commission, as he is our representative in United State Of America. Contact him immediately for your Compensation payment of $20,000.000.00 USD (TWENTY MILLION
DOLLARS) which will be released directly to you in accordance with legal clearance and procedures.
It is my pleasure to inform you that your ATM Card Number; 40001xxxxxxxx08 have been approved in your favor. Your Personal Identification Number is 6062. The ATM Card Value is $20,000.000.00 USD (TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS) You are advised that
a most withdrawal value of $15,000.00 USD is permitted on withdrawal per Day and we are duly Inter Switch and you can make withdrawal in any Inter Switch site and ATM Center of your choice.
However, you should send him your
your Residential Address/
New email address for this safety of this transaction
Contact Mr.paul butler immediately for your compensation
Mr.Christopher Asher Wray
ATM Card Payment
Washington Field Office
He is obliged to give you a call and treat your case with utmost urgency as soon as you contact him and fill out your correct details including all reachable phone numbers for him to get in
touch with you via phone and email.
We also advise that you stop further communications with these imposters and forward any correspondence / proposal you receive from them to Mr.Christopher Asher Wray in other for the FBI to bring
justice to them.
Good luck and kind regards,
Mr.Christopher Asher Wray