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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 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: "UN RELIEF FUND" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 15:06:49 -0000
Subject: Covid19 Relief Fund
UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION
4a New College Parade,
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, support and approved by WHO Chief (World Health Organization) on December 28th, 2020. Over $2 trillion economic relief fund commitment to protecting the global world from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.
The relief fund provides $1million USD fast and direct economic assistance for beneficiarys such as health cares workers, families, and small businesses.
Please note that the Corona virus CARES Act payments for listed UN nations member countries in Europeans, South Americans,Asian,Africans,Americans.Be assured, Treasury Department is ensuring that the recipients will receive these payments through bank to bank transfer.
We are committed to helping you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible, please provide below information for direct and fast payment.
Full Names :
Telephone No :
Contact Address :
Copy of ID:
Kindly send above details to: email@example.com
Un disbursement Centre