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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:
- "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.
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Susan Hodge <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2019 22:08:57 +0200
Subject: Contact UBA Bank for your ATM Card!!
UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS
Washington D.C USA
AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF UNPAID FUNDS
Dear, Email ID Owner.
Through our Global Intelligence Monitoring Network System we
discovered that your long overdue fund has not be paid to you as
approved by the fund source and origin, After much consultations and
meetings held in Washington D.C USA, the Human Rights Organization has
been given express instruction to (UNCC) to direct the West Africa
Monetary Agency (WAMA) to re-called unpaid funds that was originated
from Africa, Europe, Asia Plus Middle east, Americans, has finally
been approved as your email ID is among the list of Beneficiaries that
will receive their fund via this message we are pleased to inform you
that your fund has been liquidated and converted into international
ATM card, Your outstanding payment valued $2,500,000.00 (Two Million
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only has been perfected
to be paid to you by the one of the most decorated, Trusted and
recognized bank in the Benin Republic.
In consideration of the above, you have been issued with this
Exclusive Reference Identification Number. This must be presented to
attain your lump sum payment. Please take note and copy this code.The
code must be indicated to the institution processing the payment.The
Benin UBA Global Bank. No exceptions.(ATM/NR: UNCCORG/IMF/0866/B6) It
is also important you note that from our record,you have been in
contact with some unauthorized officials and some abnormalities have
been observed in your file, which has to be corrected. Also, You are
required to forward the following details; full names, address,
occupation, age and phone numbers for verification and re-confirmation.
Please contact immediately:
UBA BENIN PAYMENT PROCESSING DEPARTMENTS MR. FELIX A. QUAYE
This instructions is from the custody of the United Nation
representative office UK this is for abbreviation of the rate of
poverty as we saw your name on the list of unpaid individuals,The
United Nation Compensation Commission (UNCC) was created in 1991 as a
subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council and the payment has been
approved by us to be release to you as we notice your payment has been
delayed by uncertain reasons which has just been resolved by us
through our power so you are free to receive your funds now.
On behalf of the UN we apologize for the failure to pay your funds on
time and for any inconveniences such as approved registered payments
being forwarded to our processing institution in Africa. We found your
name in our list of people their payment has been delayed so we decide
to intervene and help you get paid which we have done. If you receive
this mail in your spam folder, it could be due to your Internet
Service Provider, ISP. So move to your inbox before your reply.
Yours in service,
United Nations Funds Investigation Unit.