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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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: MRS ELIZABETH BENKO <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2019 10:56:17 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: DEAR CITIZEN GOOD NEWS YOUR FUND HAVE BEEN RELEASE
This is to officially inform you that we have been having meetings for
the past Seven (7) months which ended two days ago with Mr. Jim Yong
Kim the World Bank president and other seven continent presidents on
the Congress we treated on issue concerning Scam victims problems..
Therefore we have decided to contact you following the reports we
received from Anti-Fraud International Monitoring Group your name/
email has been submitted to us therefore the United Nations have
agreed to compensate you with the sum of( US$2.5 million usd ) this
compensation is also including international business that failed due
to bad Government officials problems etc.
Note we have arranged your payment through MasterCard ATM which is the
latest instruction from the World Bank president Mr. Jim Yong Kim
therefore be advice to contact our Representative Agent.CHARLES WHITE
who is in position to release your MasterCard ATM contact him with the
bellow email & phone number and make sure you forwards your full
deliver details to prove your self. CALL HIM AS SOON AS YOU SEND YOUR
INFORMATION TO HIM
AGENT CHARLES WHITE
EMAIL ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
1. Full Name:.......................
2. Country:...................... ......
3. Delivery Address:........
5 Occupation.................... ..............
Finally for the immediate collection of your MasterCard ATM contact
our representative Agent. Charles White to enable you confirm your
payment without further delay. and note that any other contact you
made out side his office is at your own risk.
MRS Amina J Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General (U.N)
CC: Jim Yong Kim World Bank president