fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
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:
- "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)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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)
- you are advised to contact mr. robert labre e-mail: email@example.com , as our representative, contact her immediately for your (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: =?UTF-8?Q?Mr=2E_Ant=C3=B3nio_Guterres?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2021 14:49:39 +0100
Subject: FROM: UNITED NATIONS
UNITED NATIONS ASSISTED PROGRAMMED
DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL PAYMENT AND
TRANSFERS. UNITED NATIONS LIAISON OFFICE
LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
WIRE TRANSFER/AUDIT UNIT
Our Ref: UN/CPO/WB/845/2021
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may not
understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for the
past three months which ended two days ago with the UNITED NATIONS BOARD OF
TRUSTEES AND AUDITORS with the old secretary to the United Nation General
Ban Ki Moon.
This message 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
US$2,500,000 USD (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).
This includes every foreign contractor that may have not received their
contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or
international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc. We
found your name and your email address in our list and that is why we are
contacting you, this has been agreed upon and has been signed.
You are advised to contact Mr. Robert Labre E-mail: email@example.com
, as our representative, contact her immediately for your (ATM Card) of
US$2,500,000 USD (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars}.
These funds are in ATM VISA CARD for security purposes ok? so he will send
it to you through Courier Services and you can use it in any ATM machine in
any part of the country, therefore, you should send your full Name and
telephone number/your correct mailing address where you want her to send
the ATM VISA CARD to you immediately.
Contact Mr. Rebert Labre firstname.lastname@example.org (immediately for your ATM
VISA CARD. Once Again When Contacting her do send your Your Full Name,
Residential Address, Private Phone Number for immediate release of your ATM
VISA CARD to you as soon as possible.
Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon
as you receive your ATM VISA CARD.
Making the world a better place.
MY BEST REGARDS.
Mr. Ant?nio Guterres
secretary to The United Nation.