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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:
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Mona Juul" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 11:48:22 +0200
Subject: Your Compensation Payment approval of $2,220,000.00USD/
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL (UN ECOSOC / 2022)
UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
Head Office: Funds Office United Nations Protection Movement
1818 H St NW, Washington, DC 20433, United States of America
This is to inform you that it has come to our notice since 15th of
March 1999 when this Investigation program started from Africa and
still moving on around the world till today, powered by the World Bank
(WB), United Nations (UN) and International Monitoring Fund (IMF)
conjoined with African Union (AU) to establish all over the world.
We have actually been authorized by the newly appointed World Bank
Group Secretary General, the governing body of the United Nations (UN)
with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Finance Ministry, has
investigated your fund which has been on transfer process for some
period of time. During the second quarter of the general Financial
Auditing, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has recovered your
fund as the sum of US$2,220,000.00 (TWO MILLION TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY
THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) which was to be paid to you, through
ATM VISA CARD.
An irrevocable payment guarantee has been issued by the World Bank
Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on your Payment.
However, we are happy to inform you that based on our
recommendation/Instructions to avoid double claim: your complete
Inheritance/Compensation funds have been credited in your favor
through one of our remittance departments.
You are therefore advised to contact (The General Accountant: Mr.
Mezaros Zambo) from our branch office.
Contact Person: Mr. Mezaros Zambo.
Phone: +27 81 219 2920
Whatsapp: +27 69 417 6902
AMOUNT: US$2,220,000.00 (TWO MILLION TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY THOUSAND
UNITED STATES DOLLARS)
Contact him immediately for the processing of your payment, and as
soon as you establish a contact with him, your payment will be
processed and your ATM VISA CARD will be issued and sent to your
Please send your payment file Number to him: RSA-DEL/ID1033/UN.2220US
1. Your Full Name:
3. Country of Resident:
8. Phone Number:
9. File Number: RSA-DEL/ID1033/UN.520US
NOTE: That the amount that will be in your ATM VISA CARD is
US$2,220,000.00 (TWO MILLION TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY THOUSAND UNITED
STATES DOLLARS) or it equivalent in your country currency.
We expect your urgent response to this email to enable us to monitor
this payment effectively thereby making contact with (Mr. Mezaros
Zambo) as directed, to avoid double claim or any further delay.
Please Be Warned. The Economic and Social Council United Nations does
not instruct any other Bank or agent in this payment except (Mr.
Mezaros Zambo) through whom we can only give you attention for now.
And we advise you to stop all the communications you are having with
any other Agent or bank officials in America, Europe, Asia and Africa
regarding your payment except (Mr. Mezaros Zambo) or you will lose the
Yours in Services,
Her Excellency, Ambassador, Mrs. Mona Juul
President. - Economic and Social Council