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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:
- "consignment " (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)
- "into your nominated bank account" (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)
- "you are advise to" (this email uses bad English)
- 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: "DocuSign" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 06 Aug 2020 07:19:04 +0200
Subject: Your United Nation Compensation Money
Attention: Sir/Madam Due to the petitions received by the UN, I Secretary-G=
eneral ; Mr. Antonio Guterres, from all over the continent in regards to th=
e fraudulent activities going on in the West Africa sub-region with securit=
y's agent and diplomats who has been delaying people's funds, consignment a=
nd valuables in their custody and demand outrageous fees to get their consi=
gnment released to them. We have been having a meeting for the passed 4 mon=
ths which ended 2 days ago with the former Secretary-General (Hon. Kofi Ann=
an) to the UNITED NATIONS. However, We went to other affiliate offices and =
set up this committee with sole aim of settling all these anomalies and due=
to that we are contacting you today in that regards. This email is to all =
people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS =
have agreed to compensate them with the sum of USD 1,500,000,00 This includ=
es every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum,=
and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international busine=
sses that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in our =
list and that is why we are contacting you, these have been agreed upon and=
have been duly signed.Therefore, we are happy to inform you that an arrang=
ement has perfectly been concluded to effect your payment as soon as possib=
le in our bid of transparency. However, it is our pleasure to inform you th=
at your fund has been approved and upgraded in your favor which will be cre=
dited into your nominated bank account via (KTT) Bank to Bank Telex Telerap=
hic Transfer and Your transfer code number is: TT20/K232/99 take note of th=
is code for security reasons. Be informed that your response would be by te=
lephone or through email Only. Any further delay will be the pleasure of th=
e UNRC to use your fund to help the people who have been displaced in Darfu=
r, Sudan Africa which you can see it in this site www.savedarfur.org and th=
e Tsunami's victims in Asia. So you are hereby advice to forward you whole =
information to my appointed secretary Mrs. Elizabeth Williams, you should s=
end her your full Name and telephone number/your correct mailing address wh=
ere you want her to send the fund to. Person to Contact: Mrs. Elizabeth Wil=
liams Cell phone +234-8037123164 Emails: mrselizabethwilliams332211@secreta=
ry.net We are working according to the constitution binding this committee =
as well as helping the less privilege through this means. You will be requi=
red to contact the above mentioned institution via telephone or email. Hopi=
ng to hear from you as soon as you receive your fund. Making the world a be=
tter place Regards, Mr. Antonio Guterres (Secretary-General UNITED NATIONS)=
. http://www.un.org/sg/biography.shtml If you have received this email in e=
rror. You are advise to delete this email or destroy the content of this em=
ail. Do not reply this email Contact the person above directly.