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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)
- "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)
- "economic and financial crime commission" (This name is often mentioned in money recovery scams (re-scam): the real EFCC does not contact victims to offer to get their money back because that is near impossible. )
- "international remittance department" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- "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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:16:05 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: AMOUNT; US$32,500,000.00 .
Â UN COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS UNIT.
REF/PAYMENTS CODE: 02245.
AMOUNT; US$32,500,000.00 .
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may not Understand why this mail came to you.
In regards to the recent meeting between the United Nations and the United States Government to restore the dignity and Economy of the Nations and also Based on the agreement
with the World Bank Assistance to help and make the World a better place for all with the sole aim of abolishing poverty i send You this mail.
We have been having series of meetings for the past 6 months which ended 19th September,2017. This email is to all the people that have lost their properties In the earthquakes
and tsunami and people that have been scammed in any part Of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum Of US$32,500,000.00(Thirty Two Million
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).
Your name and email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team Of Economic and Financial Crime Commission observers and this is why we are Contacting you, this has been
agreed upon and has been signed.
You are advised to contact Dr.Donald Lukas of African Development Bank Group as he is Our representative in Nigeria West Africa, contact him immediately for your ATM SWIFT
CARD/International Bank Wire Transfer of US$32,500,000.00(Thirty Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).these funds are in a Bank for security purpose so the
transfer will be made to any of your designated bank account in any part of the World.
You are therefore advice to contact: Dr.Donald Lukas ,Director International Remittance Department of AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK GROUP the (un)payiny bank Liaison Office in Lagos
Nigeria, EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org,Tel:+234-805-766-6733 to collect your original payment slip with your pin and transfer access code. As soon as you submit these codes and
our payment slip to your bank, they will credit your account without delay.
NOTE: YOU ARE ADVICED TO RE COMFIRM YOUR INFORMATION TO AVOID TRANSFER OF THIS FUND INTO A WRONG ACCOUNT.
Your Bank Name:
Your Bank Address:
Your Bank Account No:
Swift Code No:
Age & Occupation :
Your Driving liecnse:
Your Direct Telephone no,Mobile & Fax No:
Contact Dr.Donald Lukas of African Development Bank Group immediately for your Transfer of your fund:EMAIL:email@example.com,Tel:+234-805-766-6733 and most importantly,
call him on this telephone number +234-805-766-6733 immediately you receive this mail to confirm the message.
Good luck and kind regards,
Mrs. Rose Woods
UN making the world a better place