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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)
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Gracie Hughes" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2021 16:47:23 +0100
Subject: 2000/2021 SCAM VICTIMS' COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS.
Manager Accounts/audit Department.
London, United Kingdom
2000/2021 SCAM VICTIMS' COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS.
REF/PAYMENTS CODE: UBA BANK -HSBC BANK/055740 (US$2.5M)
This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from the
UNITED NATIONS to pay 150 victims of scam US$2.5M. (Two Million
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only. each).You are
listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed
victims to be paid this amount, get back to this office as soon
as possible for the immediate payments of your US$2.5M.
I want you to know that during the U.N. meetings, it was alarming
on the money lost by various individuals to the scam syndicates
operating all over the world today. And In other to compensate
victims, the UNITED NATIONS Body is now paying 150 victims
US$2.5M. each in accordance with the UNITED NATIONS
Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems , the payments
are to be paid by UBA Bank and HSBC Bank UK which are the
corresponding paying bank under funding assistance by BRITISH
GOVERNMENT via ATM CARD, which will be delivered directly to your
doorstep by the FedEx Dispatching Officer Mr. Edward P. Ambrose.
Also, benefactor of this compensation award will have to be first
cleared as recommended for payment by the debt settlement office.
A hundred and fourteen (114) Beneficiaries has been paid, over a
half of the victims are from the United States, we still have an
outstanding of 36 scam victims left to be paid. However, it is our
pleasure to inform you that your name and contact happens to be
among the people to be compensated via this ATM Card Process
adopted by United nation . The ATM Card Value is US$2.5M. You are
advised that a maximum withdrawal value of US$5,000.00 is
permitted daily. And we are duly inter-switched and you can make
withdrawal in any location of the ATM Machine of your
choice/nearest to you.
Your ATM CARD which will be credited with US$2.5M will be sent to
you directly to your doorstep through the FedEx courier service
but before it will be sent, You will have to respond to me by
reconfirming your full informations for final ratification
After the ratification process, you will be directed to the FedEx
shipping courier dispatching officer whose name is Mr. Edward
P. Ambrose. He will send you your ATM CARD which you will use to
withdraw your money via ATM MACHINE in any part of the world and
the maximum daily limit is Five Thousand United States dollars
(US$5,000.00). And also note that the Debt Settlement Office has
taken care of the shipping fee of your ATM card, so if Mr. Edward
is requesting for another shipping fee. You will have to report
him to me immediately. And when you receive your ATM card, you
have to alert me so that we can give you process of how to
activate and make use of your ATM CARD.
Please reconfirm to us your home address and other requested
information's here below to avoid any wrong delivery:
(1) Your Full Name
(2) Your Home Address (which will include city, state and Country)
(3) Your Direct Phone Number
Thanks for your co-operation.
NOTE : If You Receive This Message In Your Junk Or Spam Its Due To Your Internet Provider.