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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 us 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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Steven Wilson" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 23:23:24 +0100
The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)
UNCC Secretariat Villa la Pelouse Palais des Nations
8-12 Avenue de la Paix 1211 Geneva, Switzerland
The United Nations Compensation Fund Unit Department.
Attn: Esteem Beneficiary.
This is officially informing you that the United Nations Compensation Commission, WORLD BANK-GROUP and International Monetary Fund have authorized me to contact you based on your compensation amount. After an extensive close door meeting between the Board of Directors of the UNITED NATIONS, WORLD BANK-GROUP and IMF. The United Nations, World Bank-Group and International Monetary Fund have agreed to compensate you with the sum of Three Million Seven Hundred Thousand US Dollars ($3.7 Million) after your email was submitted by the Internet International Monitoring Group during the UNCC Conference Meeting which was held in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco.
We are also aware that a lot of foreigners have been deceived and huge amounts of money have been stolen from them by Internet Fraudsters around the World. Six categories of claims were set up: Claims from individuals forced around the World between the invasion and the cease fire, Terrorist Attacks, Earthquakes, Internet Fraudsters (Category A); Claims from individuals who (or whose family) suffered injuries or Death as a result of the invasion (B);Claims from individuals for business losses, pain and anguish, property damage etc.
Each claim category had specific dates for initiating the claim and providing required evidence. A total of over $352.5 billion in claims was submitted in 2,686,131 claims. Of these claims, 1,543,619 (57%) resulted in some sort of award. The total awarded, to be paid by Iraq/Iran and Kuwait! oil revenues, was just over $52.4 billion. The UNCC adopted a policy of paying individuals first, with the result that the remaining sum is owed entirely to a government entity, specifically the state oil companies of Iraq/Iran and Kuwait.
Kindly Contact Rev Dr. Joseph Battista via below email
Please ensure that you follow the directives and instructions of Rev Dr. Joseph Battista so that within 4-5 working days you would have received your payment Three Million Seven Hundred Thousand US Dollars ($3.7 Million).
We apologize for any delay you might have encountered in receiving your fund in the past. Congratulations, and I look forward to hearing from you as soon as you confirm your payment, making the world a better place.
Mr. Steven Wilson