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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:
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- "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)
- "fund beneficiary" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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)
- unit. headquarters new york ny 10017, usa. email: (email@example.com) dear email owner/fund beneficiary, compensation funds (Citromail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: " JULIO FRENK"< firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2023 09:27:42 -0800
Subject: COMPENSATION FUNDS PAYMENT ORDER ....... B
UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION/COMPENSATION FUNDS INVESTIGATION UNIT.
Headquarters New York NY 10017, USA.
Dear Email Owner/Fund Beneficiary,
COMPENSATION FUNDS PAYMENT ORDER
This is to inform you that, we have been working towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of
the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) and FBI. We have been able to track down so many of this
scam artist in various parts of African countries and Europe, which
includes (Nigeria, United Kingdom, Spain, Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal)
and they are all in Government custody now, they will appear at
International Criminal Court (ICC) Hague (Netherlands) soon for
During the course of our investigation, we have been able to recover
so much money from these scam artists. The United Nations Anti-Crime
Commission and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have ordered that
the money recovered from the Scammers to be shared among 100 Lucky
people around the World for compensation. This Email/Letter is been
directed to you because your email address was found in one of the
scammer Artists file and computer hard-disk while the investigation,
maybe you have been scammed. You are therefore being compensated with
the sum of US2, 200,000.00 (US$) (Two Million Two Hundred Thousand
United State Dollars).
We have arranged your payment to be paid to you direct to your bank
account in your country. To receive the above fund, you are therefore
advised to contact the (SUN TRUST BANK ) who will transfer the fund to
your bank account from Reserve Bank. We have advised the Bank Agent to
open a private email address with a new number as to enable us to
monitor this payment and the transfer communications to avoid further
delay or misdirection of your fund.
Kindly contact the SUN TRUST BANK private Bank Agent now with the
below contact details:
Contact: ART RAMIREZ
Compensation Fund Transfer Dept.
(SUN TRUST BANK)
Contact him now and forward the below details to him:
1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Age:
4. Your Home Address:
5. Cell/Mobile Number:
Yours in Service.
MR. JULIO FRENK
United Nations Funds Investigation Unit.
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