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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:
- "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 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: "2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018/2019 SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS." <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 15:35:12 +0100
Subject: 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018/2019 SCAM VICTIMS
2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018/2019 SCAM VICTIMS
YOUR REF/PAYMENTS CODE: US/UNZE/06654 FOR $10.500.M USD ONLY.
We at the United Nations, we wish to notify you as a beneficiary of
10,500,000.00USD in compensation of scam victims. This is to bring to
your notice that we are delegated from the UNITED NATIONS in United
Bank For Africa(U.B.A) to pay 10 victims of scam $10,500,000.00USD
(TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) each. Your
E-mail ID were listed and approved for this payment as one of the
scammed victims to be paid this amount. Do contact UNITED BANK FOR
AFRICA UBA, Branch for verification and release of your
10,500,000.00USD we have deposited with the UBA BANK.
The card center will send you an ATM Debit card which you will use to withdraw
your money in any ATM Center, Banks and Union Pay Credit outlets in the world,
You are hereby selected as an honor for this payment approval, which you are
to acknowledge the receipt of this mail in returning the required below to the
Logistic Department by email listed below. Office of Reconciliation
and Logistics Vaults, federal bureau investigation (FBI)
This is to bring to your notice that our payment bank through the Coordinator is
delegated by the UNITED STATE/UNITED NATIONS to pay victims BY ATM
GOLD MASTER CARD BY CHECK AND SWIFT WIRE TRANSFER.
of scam $10.500.M USD M(Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only).
note that only FedEx delivery fees of $150 usd is all is going to cost
you to receive your ATM card.
You are to send the following information's for to receive your compensation.
Send a copy of your response with the PAYMENT CODE
NAME: AMBASSADOR W.STUART SYMINGTON
SCAMMED VICTIM/REF/PAYMENTS CODE:
United Nations Re-Representative Contact Coordinator Mr. Fred C.
Wesson Email:( firstname.lastname@example.org )
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
Attach with the
Secretary General of the United Nations.