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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:
- "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)
- "courier service" (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 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. X" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 09:31:47 -0700
Subject: Payment File Code: UNCC/3098/vol459/2020
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/845/2020
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 old secretary to the United Nation General Ban Ki Moon.
This message 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 US$2,500,000 USD (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars). 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 and your email address 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 Ms. Liu Kuan Li (Taiwan) E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, as our representative, contact him immediately for your (ATM Card) of US$2,500,000 USD (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars}. This funds are
in ATM VISA CARD for security purpose OK? so he will send it to you through Courier Services and you can use it in any ATM machine in any part of the country, therefore, you should send him your full Name and
telephone number/your correct mailing address where you want her to send the ATM VISA CARD you immediately.
Contact Ms. Liu Kuan Li (Taiwan) (email@example.com) immediately for your ATM VISA CARD. Once Again When Contacting him do send your Your Full Name, Residential Address, Private Phone Number
for immediate release of your ATM VISA CARD to you as son as possible.
Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your ATM VISA CARD.
Making the world a better place.
MY BEST REGARDS.
secretary to The United Nation.