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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Abdul Aziz" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2021 09:07:25 +0100
Subject: Urgent Directives!!
We are the United Nations Capital Master Plan And Payment Bureau
established by the World Financial Service Authority South East Asia
located in United States.This body was set up to discover an unpaid
fund being owed by Governments or Corporate bodies in Asia and all
over the world through Contract Payment, Inheritance,and Lottery Funds
It will interest you to know that we have discovered an
unpaid/unclaimed sum of US$10.5 million in your favor and a mandate
has been given by United Nations Capital Master Plan to ensure that
this fund gets to you without delay.
We have made a special payment arrangement to remit this fund to you
through a bank to bank telegraphic wire transfer method or
Alternatively via a security company.
Note this security code(UNCMP/0216KB66),We advise you keep this
security code personal/secret and get back to us.
Mr. Abdul Aziz
Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director
United Nations Capital Master Plan, U.S.A