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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:
- "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)
- ",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)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "United Nations Organization " <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 03 Aug 2020 23:37:21 +0200
Subject: Good News,about your funds.
UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION
DEBT RECONCILIATION/AUDIT UNIT
AFRICA REGIONAL OFFICE,
23âB OSBORN ROAD IKOYI
YOUâRE REF: WB/NF/UN/XX0L8 UNITED NATIONS.
I am authorized by the United Nation Secretary General, and the Governing body of the United Nations Debt Reconciliation Unit, to investigate the unnecessary delay on your payment, recommended and approved in your favor.
During the course of our investigation, I discovered with dismay that your inheritance / contract and winning lottery payment has been unnecessarily delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank and Government regulatory organization in Nigeria who are trying to divert your funds into their private accounts.
This is to bring to your notice that I am a delegate from the UNITED NATIONS and i have been instructed by the Secretary-General of The United Nations Mr. AntÃ³nio Guterres To pay only 50 persons from your country who have been Victims of Internet scam . The United Nations in conjunction with the World Bank within the debt reconciliation and compensation committee has decided to pay you $2,500,000 USD (Two Million Five hundred Thousand United State Dollars) each as compensation for been scammed and defrauded by some criminals/ scammers in Africa and Nigeria to be precise.
You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount, get back to this office as soon as possible for the immediate payment of your $2,500,000 USD compensation funds.
Therefore, you are warned to stop further communication with any person, office or authority regarding the transfer of your fund as you will not get it due to money transfer restrictions in Africa and Nigeria except for payment from our office and other world organizations.
This email is to 50 selected persons that has lost their hard earned money from fraudsters /Scammers through the Internet. The UNITED NATIONS has agreed to compensate you and every foreign contractors that haven't received their contract sum due to Government problems or irregularities etc. I found your email in our list and that is why I am contacting you, this has been agreed upon and signed by the United Nations Board of Trustees from the WORLD BANK ASSISTED PROGRAM. I discovered that the document of your funds is intact and very much available.
Note: The United Nations Board of Directors have Approved and sign your ATM CARD VALUED at $2.5 MILLION USD, This funds are in an ATM CARD for security purpose while the manuals and instructions are attached to it. Finally, you are directed to contact this address below urgently for you to be fully advised on how to receive your Compensated amount via ATM CARD.
CONTACT THIS OFFICE BY EMAIL:-
It is important you reconfirm the following information's for official purpose.
YOUR COMPLETE NAMES...........................
PHONE NUMBER....................FAX IF ANY.......
Copy: Secretary-General United Nation
UNITED STATE OF AMERICA