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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "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)
- "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 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: Roseline Cole <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 06:27:41 -0700
Subject: UNITED NATIONS (WORLD BANK ASSISTED PROGRAM) DIRECTORATE OF FOREIGN
CONTRACTORS DEBTS PAYMENT AND TRANSFERS DEPARTMENT. OUR REFF: WBAP/FMF/PHB/XX02021
UNITED NATIONS (WORLD BANK ASSISTED PROGRAM)
DIRECTORATE OF FOREIGN CONTRACTORS DEBTS
PAYMENT AND TRANSFERS DEPARTMENT.
OUR REFF: WBAP/FMF/PHB/XX02021
ZENITH BANK IN AFFILIATION WITH UNITED NATIONS.
The above named Bank, in conjunction with United Nations officials and
United States Government Have Been in a Crucial Meeting That Lasted more
than Five (5) hours and which just ended,this email is to all the people
that Have Been Scammed in any part of the World, the UNITED NATIONS Have
Agreed to compensate them with the sum of Three Million US$3000,000.000
United States Dollars). This Includes every FOREIGN Contractors That May
Have Their contract sum not received, and people that have had an
unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to
WE found your name in the list and that is why We Are Contacting You, this
has Been Agreed upon and signed. You Are Advised to Contact the
Information Officer and Coordinator Mr.Joe Efe, as They are our
Representative in NIGERIA, Contact him Immediately for your International
Bank Draft of USD $3,000.000.000 or ATM CARD worth (Three Million United
States Dollars) This Fund is in a Bank Draft/ATM card for security purpose.
He Will direct you on how you will get your own, the draft can clear in any
Bank of your Choice Around you.
Below is the Information of the Contact person; and Information Officer
Coordinator Zenith Bank Plc Email Mr.Joe Efe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs, Roseline Cole