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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:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: COVID-19 Pandemic<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 09 Sep 2022 02:45:47 -0700
Subject: Compensation Grant !
Congratulations Dear Email Owner !
I am Ms. Rochelle P. Walensky, the current Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the wake of the global COVID-19 Pandemic, I wish to bring you the good news of hope. Be officially informed that the United Nations organization department for disaster management in conjunction with IMF, World Bank, is giving out Covid-19 stimulus package and your email addresses were selected among others to receive this stimulus package.
The United Nations COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund is a UN inter-agency fund mechanism established by the UN Secretary-General to help support low- and middle-income people(s) to respond to the pandemic and its impacts, including an unprecedented socio-economic shock. The Fund’s assistance programs, targets those most vulnerable to economic hardship and social disruption around the world.
We are delighted to inform you that due to mixed up of names and numbers, your email attached to approved number UN6MM020/COVID-19, which consequently fall on our Chapter, therefore, you are advised to contact the United Nations COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund Coordinator *Frank Walcott*
Delivery Officer: Mr. Frank Walcott
Text Support: +1 (585) 432-1595 (can also be reached via WhatsApp)
The information required for the transfer of your Covid-19 Relief fund, should include the following:
*Cell Phone Number:
*Current home Address:
*Front & back copy of your Identification Card or Driver's license for the benefit of accuracy.
That the amount to be paid to you is ( $500,000.00 USD ), we are expecting your urgent response to this email to enable us to monitor the transaction effectively.
Ms. Rochelle P. Walensky.
**if you found this email in your junk/spam, it's because of your internet ISP server**