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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)
- "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 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: UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2023 06:23:45 -0700
Subject: COMPENSATION FUNDS PAYMENT ORDER
UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION
1775 K ST NW # 400 WASHINGTON D.C., DC 20006-1500, UNITED STATES
TEL/FAX: +229 6206 2824
COMPENSATION FUNDS PAYMENT ORDER:
Dear Fund Owner:
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 investigating,
maybe you have been scammed. You are therefore being compensated with
the sum of US$10, 500,000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United
Therefore I advised you to contact the ( JPMorgan Chase Bank Agent )
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 communications to avoid
further delay or misdirection of your fund.
Contact: MR. MARTINS HOOK
Compensation Fund Dept.
(JPMorgan Chase Bank)
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact him now and forward the below details to him:
1. Full Name
4. Mobile Number
7. Home Address
8. WhatsApp Number
Yours in Service.
MR. WILSON STEWART.
United Nations Funds Investigation Unit.