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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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: United Nations Foundation <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Nigerian Security Department <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2019 05:49:12 -0400 (CLT)
Subject: Making the world a better place
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may not
understand why this mail came to you.
We have been having meetings for the past 2 months with the ten
secretaries to the UNITED NATIONS.
This email is sent to all the people that have been scammed in every
part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS agreed upon to compensate them
with the sum of US$ 4,200,000. This includes every foreign contractors
that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had
an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to
Government problems and impersonators etc.
We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting
you,this has been agreed upon and has been signed.
You are advised to contact Mrs. Julie Ama of Nigeria Security
Department, as she is our representative in Nigeria contact her
immediately for your Cheque/ATM CARD of USD$4,200,000
These funds are in International Bank Draft/ATM CARD for security
purpose ok? So she will send it to you and you can clear it in any
bank of your choice.
Therefore, you should send her your full Name and telephone
number/your correct mailing address where you want her to send the
Draft/ATM to you.
Contact Mrs. Julie Ama immediately for your Bank Draft/ATM CARD
Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as
soon as you cash your Bank Draft/ATM Card
Making the world a better place.
Secretary-General of the