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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:
- "consignment " (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)
- "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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr .Eddy Patrick" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2021 04:41:01 -0800
Subject: good day ,
This Message is coming to you in regards to the recent Resolutions of
meeting within the Executive Director United Nations Human Settlements
Programmed and United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) based on
the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance Project and other top
Government body worldwide .
You are in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team observers that
are yet to receive
their fund and this is why am are contacting you, this has been agreed upon and
signed and this is for your Compensation payment of $2,500,000.00 USD
(Two Million, five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which will
be released directly to you through an a sealed fund consignment which
is already my control to deliver to you ..
However, you should send me
your Full Name..........................
direct cell phone Number.....................
what'saap number .................
i will wait for your response for immediately proceed and complete
Agent Eddy Patrick