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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "power of attorney" (with your bank details and a power of attorney form criminals sometimes empty bank accounts)
- "affidavit " (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "UNITED NATION" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 16:44:12 -0800
Subject: COMPENSATION PAYMENT
COMPENSATION PAYMENT NOTICE/BENEFICIARY.REF/PAYMENTS CODE: WB/UN/IMF/0817
We have been having a series of meeting for the past seven months which ended two days ago with the World Bank Board of Directors, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and UNITED NATIONS Secretary-General in the person of Dr. Antonio Guterres and have agreed to compensate the affected persons with the sum of Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (USD5.5M). This category of person's includes all Victims of Fraud/scams around the world and All Foreign contractors that have not received their contract sum till date, and beneficiaries of inheritance funds or Lottery prize winners around the world who have been wrongfully denied their fund payments from banks or financial institutions around the world, including people who have had an unfinished transactions and international businesses which failed due to various unfair government policy or financial irregularities etc.
We are happy to inform you that your name has been enlisted among the qualified beneficiary of the USD5.5M compensation fund payment
The United Nation Compensation Payment Notice, wishes to inform you that we received a letter from a gentleman called Mr.Kenn Sun, from your country, which was attached with a application letter, a sworn affidavit & power of attorney claiming that you , gave him a power of attorney instructing him to represent you claim your compensation fund, valued at the sum of $5.5Million because you were involved in a motor accident and are incapacitated and cannot claim the fund any more.He ordered us to send fund $5.5Million immediately to him.
Please confirm this information As Urgent As Possible. Did you Send Mr. Kenn Sun, to Come And claim your compensation fund and the $5.5Million
Get back to us as a matter of urgency before final payment of the $5.5Million to him as we are now processing the payment to Mr.Kenn Sun.
Also,Mr.Kenn Sun, want our legal office to start processing immediately the changes of ownership document related to the fund from your name to his name Mr.Kenn Sun as the new beneficiary and our legal office is now working on the changes of ownership documents to his name as the new beneficiary of the fund.
Reconfirm to us urgently that you are alive and not incapacitated as claimed by Mr.Kenn Sunn, before final transfer of your compensation fund to Mr.Kenn Sun.
The name of the world bank financial expert/attorney/diplomat you are going to contact his: Diplomat Kareem Yada.
Send to the diplomat Kareem your details like your full name, occupation, your address, date of birth and mobile telephone number so that he can cross check his file.
United Nation Compensation settlement Center