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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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: $ payment Alert <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2019 16:17:49 +0100
Subject: respect this message
The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)
UNCC Secretariat Villa The Lawn Palais des Nations
8-12 Avenue of Peace 1211.
Attn: Esteem Beneficiary.
This is officially informing you that THE UNITED NATIONS and WORLD
BANK-GROUP have authorized me to contact you base on your compensation
amount. After an extensive close door meeting between the Board of
Directors of the UNITED NATIONS and WORLD BANK-GROUP.The United
Nations, World Bank-Group and International Monetary Fund have agreed
to compensate you with the sum of Three Million Five Hundred Thousand
US Dollars ($3.5 Million) after your name and email was submitted by
the Internet International Monitoring Group during the UNCC Conference
Meeting which was held in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18
November 2016, We are also aware that a lot of foreigners have been
deceived and huge amounts of money have been stolen from them by
Internet Fraudsters around the World.
Six categories of claims were set up: Claims from individuals forced
around the World between the invasion and the cease fire, Terrorist
Attacks, Earthquakes, Internet Fraudsters (Category A); Claims from
individuals who (or whose family) suffered injuries or Death as a
result of the invasion (B); Claims from individuals for business
losses, pain and anguish, property damage etc.Each claim category had
specific dates for initiating the claim and providing required
evidence. A total of over $352.5 billion in claims was submitted in
2,686,131 claims. Of these claims, 1,543,619 (57%) resulted in some
sort of award. The total awarded, to be paid by Iraq/Iran and Kuwait=E2=80=
oil revenues, was just over $52.4 billion. The UNCC adopted a policy
of paying individuals first, with the result that the remaining sum is
owed entirely to a government entity, specifically the state oil
companies of Iraq/Iran and Kuwait.
For this reason you are to receive your payment through a certified
ATM Visa Card. With this Visa Card you can withdraw money from any
part of the World without being disturbed or delay. All that is
required of your now is to contact our 100% trust officials. Below is
his contact information:
For more proof, below is the tracking details of a beneficiary in your
category that just received an ATM Card accordingly this year.
Beneficiary Name: Andrew Bentley.
Tracking Number: undisclosed until the due process.
Delivery Courier: FedEx Express Shipment
You can track for yourself for further assurances. Please ensure that
you follow the directives and instructions so that within 72 hours you
would have received your card payment and your secret pin code issued
directly to you for security reasons.We apologize on behalf of the
United Nation organization for any delay you might have encountered in
receiving your fund in the past.Congratulations, and I look forward to
hear from you as soon as you confirm your payment making the world a
Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.