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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- ",000,000" (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 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)
- nations, it's your world. www.un.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: +1 (206) 278 6133 to the attention of email owner: (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Howard Wright" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 00:54:23 +0200
Subject: BREAKING NEWS!!! BREAKING NEWS!!! BREAKING NEWS!!!
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL (UN ECOSOC FIGHT FOR CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC / 2020)
Funds Office, United Nations Protection Movement
1818 H St NW, Washington, DC 20433, United States,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Welcome to the United Nations
Welcome to the United Nations, it's your world.
Tel: +1 (206) 278 6133
To the Attention of Email Owner:
The United Nations Economic And Social Council has made available a total sum of $5,550,000,000.00 (FIVE BILLION, FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY MILLION USD) to 27 governments and two international organizations for distribution to 1110 lucky individuals through divine direction. This payment is made under the first phase of the payment mechanism established by the UNCC Governing Council to educate and prevent further spread of the Corona Virus Pandemic. As many individuals are donating funds personally to their countries, it will be unkind for the UN Governing Council to watch humans perish without action.
Your email address came up under the list of people who are to benefit in this program and we hope you will not disappoint IN CONTAINING THE VIRUS?
Your Payment Sequence Codes will be given to you to receive your funds as soon as you confirm the receipt of this email.
You have been approved the sum of US$50 Million (Fifty Million, United States dollars). You dont have to waste time in responding to your payment as time is no longer on our hands as this virus spreads.
You are to contact Prof. Howard Wright
Head of Human resources and Healthy development.
WhatsApp him now: +1 206 278 6133.