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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:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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)
- "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 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: "Mrs.James Lopez" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 8 May 2021 22:10:14 +0100
Subject: My Dear E-mail Owner,
Good day, dear beneficiary.On behalf
of the United Nations Compensations office,
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10017 ;USA
UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
RELEASE CODE No:XXUNCC2019
AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF UNPAID FUNDS
Dear, Email ID Owner.
Through our Intelligence Monitoring Network System we discovered that
your long overdue fund has not be paid to you as approved by the fund
source and origin, After much consultations and meetings held in New
York City, the United Nations Organization has been given express
instruction to (UNCC) to direct the West Africa Monetary Agency (WAMA)
to re-called unpaid funds that was originated from Africa, Europe,
Asia Plus Middle east, Americans, has finally been approved as your
email ID is among the list of Beneficiaries that will receive their
fund via this message we are pleased to inform you that your fund has
been liquidated and converted into international ATM card, Your
outstanding payment valued $4,500,000.00 (Three Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) only has been perfected to be paid to
you by the one of the most decorated, Trusted and recognized bank in
the Benin Republic.
Issued below is the code of conduct. This must be presented to attain
your lump sum payment. Please take note and copy this code.The code
must be indicated to the institution processing the payment . The
Benin UBA Global Bank. No exceptions.(ATM/NR: UNCCORG/IMF/0866/B6) To
confirm: contact the card Issuance center with your contact details as
stated below.You are required to forward the following details; full
names, address, occupation, age and phone numbers for verification and
Please contact immediately:
UBA BENIN PAYMENT PROCESSING DEPARTMENTS MR. Andrew Gbeji,
You are advised to keep your payment code details/information from the
public to avoid fraudulent claim.
On behalf of the UN we apologize for the failure to pay your funds on
time and for any inconveniences such as approved registered payments
being forwarded to our processing institution in Africa. We look
forward to the completed transfer of your payment. If there is any
other required information or assistance please contact us at the
number provided for the UBA Benin payment processing Dept. Thank you!
Public Relations Officer
*APPROVED BY THE UNCC*