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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "fiduciary agent" (real lotteries do not use a "claim agent" / "fiduciary agent")
- "million 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)
- ",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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a fake lottery scam. Consider the following facts about real lotteries:
- They don't notify winners by email.
- You can't win without first buying a lottery ticket.
- They don't randomly select email addresses to award prizes to.
- They don't use free email accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc) to communicate with you.
- They don't tell you to call a mobile phone number.
- They don't tell you to keep your winnings secret.
- They will never ask a winner to pay any fees to receive a prize!
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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.
- 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)
Fraud email example:
From: Rajiv Mehrishi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 08:03:33 +0000
Subject: Congratulations!! Congratulations!!
UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION
405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY, 10017, USA
Poverty Mitigation Program.
Attention: Email Account Holder :
Are you the correct owner of this email? If yes, then, be glad this day as the result of the United Nations Online Lotto to support all the Corona Virus Pandemic Victims and email address free-ticket draws on the 11th of September, 2021 Promotion Award has been released and we are glad to announce to you that your email address came out in the first category and entitles you to claim the sum of $2,000,000.00.
It is a promotional Program to encourage the use of Microsoft and Internet Programs. Your email address was entered for the online draw on this free ticket number: IK55607545 6152 with reference number UN/JA2C110P5 and Serial number UN5365/3 , Batch number XA87-2PY,drew the lucky numbers: 04-09-20-22-29-38 - Bonus 06
This subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e. matches 6 lucky numbers Plus Bonus number.
You have therefore been allocated to claim a total sum of $2,000,000.00 (Two Million United States Dollars) in cash is credited to file UNPC/9080144308/05. This is from a total cash prize of $18,250,000.00
Shared amongst the 1691 with (2) lucky winner in "1st" category.
This promotion was drawn based on email address as the key identification for setting up online accounts. All valid email addresses in the World Wide Web Draw used/participants for the online email promotion version were selected randomly via computer balloting from a global website collaboration with internet companies like eBay, pay pal, liberty reserve, and Google whom also built their systems and based their membership registration identity on email addresses supporting this computer draw system done by extracted email addresses from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies and affiliated members to the National Lottery website and their advertisers listed online. This Online promotion takes place via virtual ticket balloting and it is done Bi-annually.
Please note that youre lucky winning ticket file and number falls within African booklet representative office in Johannesburg South Africa as indicated in your ballot played coupon. In view of this, your $2,000,000.00 would be released to you by their payment department.
Kindly provide the following information urgently:
1. Full Name: 2. Email Address: 3. Age: 4. Occupation: 5. Reference Number/Ticket Number: 6. Phone Number: 7. Country: 8. Date of draw
Contact our Fiduciary agents in South Africa immediately to commence release of your lottery prize by providing details above
Contact Person: Barrister Emery Mukendi Wafawana
Tel: + 27 71 023 6260
Mr. Rajiv Mehrishi
Chairman of United Nations Board of Auditors Copyright (c) 1994-2012 The UN Lottery International Promotion Inc.
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