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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:
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist 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: "Mr. Eric Kalyn" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Mr. Eric Kalyn" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2018 07:52:21 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: UNITED NATIONS NEW YORK
how has your day been? You got the earlier message because you were electronically selected in this compensation program that was arranged after the recently concluded UN reform by the United Nations(UN)/US Government and WORLD BANK OF SWITZERLAND (WBS) it was an undisclosed matter, it's objective is to compensate a few Lucky Scammed Victims in America, Europe and Asia, in the past years.
With unclaimed/abandoned assets at the U.N possession for over decades and also the $115 Billion discovered Unclaimed fund Lodged in at the World Bank of Switzerland Account. An E-mail electronic ballot was conducted and your Name and E-mail address Popped-up, this is the reason why you were contacted, as one of privileged beneficiary of this compensation program, and $1.2 Million USD, has been awarded to you. with this File # 02UNWBSP.
Hence you are to confirm your Full Name, Phone Number, and your Physical Address, so that a Letter/Certificate of fund release authorization will be issued and once that is ready arrangements for the release you $1.2Million USD will be advised. while the diplomat who's obligation is to bring the money to your physical address will be notified ASAP. We await your swift confirmation of your details.
Mr. Eric Kalyn Bamba.
UNITED NATIONS NEW YORK