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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: UNITED NATIONS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2022 10:16:04 +0100
UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR)
IHC, Building #4, (Second floor)
P.O. Box â 506013
Dubai ,United Arab Emirates
This message is from Her Excellency H.E. Lana Nusseibeh,The UN
representatives in Dubai the United Arab Emirates. It is to bring to
your notice that the United Nations is so much concerned about all the
scam victims and families. Also countries that are badly hit by the
CoronaVirus Pandemic around the world which has claimed so many lives,
Please we urge you not to give up because there shall be light at the
end of the tunnel because from the very first time this deadly
pandemic broke out, we have been engaging in series of discussions
with the world leaders to enable us rescue innocent people from
bankruptcy. I contacted you a couple of months ago but you never
showed any interest, so we are contacting you for the last time before your
payment file can be terminated as an unclaimed fund.
However through the help of the World Bank in
collaboration with the United Nations we have decided to compensate
each person who have been victimized in one way or the other by the
internet scam and those affected by the deadly Covid19
with the sum of $2.5 Million. This move is to save lives and also to
help the saved lives start up a new life.
However, United Nation Dubai the United Arab Emirates urges you to feel
free to respond to this mail as we will not hesitate to terminate any
payment file whose beneficiary fails to reply back to us to claim this
fund within 24 hours.
Kindly reconfirm to us the following information below
1) Your Full House Address
2) Your Phone Number
3) Your Occupation
4) Your Age
5) Your next of Kin
6) A scanned copy of your International passport or driving license
The release of your fund shall be processed as soon you reconfirm to
us the following details .
Her Excellency H.E. Lana Nusseibeh
The United Nations Representatives
Dubai the United Arab Emirates