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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "cotonou" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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 Edward<email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:00:57 +0300
Subject: 2020 Payment List@
2020 payment list,dear beneficiary.On behalf
of the UN Human Rights Compensations office,
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10017 ;USA
Dear, Email ID Owner.
YOUR FUND RELEASE ORDER CODE#: UNHRC/FRO/XX2020PM/01/UBABPPD
Through our Intelligence Monitoring Network System we discovered that your long overdue fund payment has not been paid as approved
by our committee (UNHRC) headquarters in New York since past years. After much deliberation and consultations with our sisters
country agencies both in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa we have authorized United Bank for Africa (UBA) to recall and pay
with immediate effect all the fund beneficiaries which your email ID is among as your wining payment for this Fiscal year 2020 as
authorized by the governing body of the Secretary General of the United Nations Monetary Unit.
Therefore contact immediately the UBA Bank to receive your compensation payment fund totalling Six Million Four Hundred Thousand
United State Dollars, ($6.4M) 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. Further information and directives will be relayed
to you upon your inquiry.
Let me assure you that the security of your funds have been reorganized and repositioned by all relevant financial institutions. We
shall oversee your fund payment to your provided details to avoid any repetition of the hopeless situation created by the African
officials of the previous paying banks. Please take note and copy the above code to our paying bank. The code must be indicated to
the institution processing the payment that is the UBA Bank in Cotonou Benin Republic where your payment file falls within.
You are therefore counselled to contact immediately:
UBA BENIN PAYMENT PROCESSING DEPARTMENTS (UBABPPD) MR.PAUL QUAYE
CONTACT +229-6905 6807
Finally you are hereby counselled to keep your fund payment code confidential to avoid getting to a WRONG claim file.This
instructions is from the Office of the United Nation Human Rights New York.
Accept our sincerest apologies for any inconveniences this might have caused you. Note: If you've received this message in your
spam folder, it could be due to your internet service provider (ISP) caused by long internet traffic as we have more beneficiaries
from Africa, so move it to your inbox before reply."
Public Relations Officer
United Nation Human Rights