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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:
- "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: official <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 05:47:32 -0800
United Nations Organization U.N.O)
And European Union (E.U)
In Affiliation with The World Bank/IMF
International Monetary Fund.
Covid 19 Parlative office
405 East 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017,
USA. Tel: (+ 1) (212) 963 ****
We are pleased to inform you that your email address have been selected for the
our corona Virus (Covid 19) Palliative which was set up 13 January
2020 to help
businesses and individuals whose lives and businesses might have been
way or the other
This selection was done randomly using available email address and Telephone
contacts available on the yellow page of international directories where your
email is listed and you were lucky for your email address to be selected
The total sum of $1,600,000.00 have been awarded to you which you will receive
through our affiliate bank First Green Financial Company.
You are here by mandated to contact the paying using within the next
72 hours with
the following details Full Names, Address, Occupation/Title, Telephone. age and
next of Kin.
inform them that you have been selected for the claim of palliative on
code detail Date of selection 22nd January 2022. Ref: 015xxx13UNOEU/2222
Send the above details to the bank directly for urgent payment
Bank Name First Green Financial Bank
Contact: Mr Dunga Luis
Mr. Gerald Abraham
United Nations Organization
Covid 19 Palliative office