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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:
- "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)
- "fund beneficiary" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "WHO/UN" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 11:16:03 +0200
Subject: Re: Your Compensation Coverage Approval Fund !
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
Global Giveback Fund Beneficiary / Email Owner
REGISTERED CASE NR: WHO/UNCCORG/HEALTH020
Date; Tuesday, April 10,2021
Congratulations ! =
This is to notify you that World Bank Group is making available an Initial =
package to assists Families copying the health and economic impacts of the =
global Outbreak. This financing is designed to help individual families tak=
e Effective action to respond to and, where possible, lessen the tragic Imp=
acts posed by the COVID-19(coronavirus).
Through this new fast track package, World Bank will help Individual famil=
ies financially and assist state governments strengthen Health including be=
tter access to health services to safeguard People from the Pandemic, stren=
gthen disease surveillance, bolster Public health Intervention, and with th=
e private sector to reduce hardship caused by this pandemic, the financial =
package, with Financing drawn from across IDA, CHINESE GOVERNMENT and IMF w=
ill be Globally co-ordinated in such away every registered families will re=
IMF Group are actively engaged with international Institutions and State a=
uthorities to help coordinate the global Response, on receiving this messag=
e you are advised to reach out to the delegate "Seebeck Newton" at his Emai=
l below with your personal identification records which are as follows: COV=
ID-19/XXV09BB4J1 , to have him process your grant claim fund.
Delegate Email : email@example.com
Delegate Text Message/Call: +1 (845) 690-0113 (WhatsApp)
Financial Counsellor Director Desk
World Health Organization (WHO) &
United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESCO)
WHO, UN Foundations.
405 East 42nd Street,
New York NY, 10017, USA
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r junk/spam, it's because of your internet ISP server**