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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:
- ",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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Antonio Guterres <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2020 10:04:14 -0700
United Nations Fraud Prevention Service (UNFPS)
We fight against fraud, funds delay & impersonation.
Address: 405 East 42nd Street,
New York, NY, 10017, USA
This payment authorization has been received from the United Nations Funding Center United State.
I pleased to inform you that you have been approved & enlisted by the United Nations Compensation Payments Office New York, USA to receive the United Nations compensation payment of $1,500,000 USD which will be payable to you via Sun Trust Bank Branch office USA, and this payment has been scheduled to be processed and payout through ATM Global Master Card to make Everything easy for all the appointed person.
You are further required to provide the listed informationâs for payments verification purposes and to enable receive your Payment successfully. You are advised to contact Mr. Steven Vezina of Sun Trust Bank USA with his direct email: (email@example.com) with the listed informationâs, as he is our representative in charge of the Compensation payment
Your Full Name...........
Your Home Address........
Your Private Tele Phone Number.......
I look forward to hear from you on this subject.
405 East 42nd Street,
New York, NY, 10017, USA
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