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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:
- ",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)
- "fund beneficiary" (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: United Nations <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 01:29:13 +0100
Subject: YOUR PAYMENT IS READY (good luck)
United Nations Organization
1775 K St Nw # 400 Washington D.C., 20006-1500, United States
Dear Email Owner/Fund Beneficiary,
Compensation Funds Payment Order
Following the difficulties that you have faced in recent years, on a
bid to receive your payment from different offices
that have handled your file, instruction has been on the January 1st
2022 given by the united nations and IMF that your
payment should now be forwarded to a secured bank in the USA, to
handle it from January this year 2022.
During our investigation through the United Nations anti-crime
commission and international monetary fund (IMF), we recovered
over a hundred billion United States dollars unpaid funds from many
scam artists, financial institutions, security agents and
courier companies all over the world especially from Ghana, Benin
Republic, Nigeria, Netherlands and many other countries.
About 200 scam victims have been approved in the first category to
receive compensation amount of us$5,000,000:00 and you
are one of the persons approved in this first batch.
To receive the above fund, you are therefore advised to contact the
(JPMorgan Chase Bank Private Bank Agent) who will help
you work out the fund to be sent to you from USA.
The agent has been advised to open a private e-mail address to handle
this payment to avoid delays in your payment and you
are hereby advised to give him your maximum cooperation.
Kindly contact the JPMorgan chase bank private bank agent now:
Name: Mr. Handsome Martins
Compensation Fund Dept.
(JPMorgan Chase Bank)
Contact E-Mail: Martinshandome@Gmail.Com
Forward These Your Details To Him:
1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Date Of Birth:
5. Phone Number:
6. Your Whatsapp Number:
8. Your Address:
9. Your Sex/Gender:
Yours in service.
Mrs. Agnes Rukah.
UNITED NATIONS FUNDS INVESTIGATION UNIT. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE A
SCAM VICTIM TO RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL IF THIS MAIL COME AS AN ERROR
IGNORE IT AND DELETE IMMEDIATELY