fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Kristalina Georgieva" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2023 05:40:52 -0700
Subject: YOUR COMPENSATION IS READY
I am Kristalina Georgieva, The Managing Director of the International
Monetary Funds Bulgaria. This is to notify you that
our Diplomatic Agent, he is currently at Los Angeles International
Airport, California and in possession of your full compensation funds
in Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Master Card, packaged by the UNCC for
security reasons. His Name is Mr. Michael Anderson, he is with your ATM
CARD PACKAGE which Contains Your Compensation Payment worth of Ten
Million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (US$10,500,000.00)
From the United Nations Fund Compensation Unit.
Email your delivery information on how to reach your doorstep including
your phone number, but donât let him know how much the package
contains for security reasons, try to follow the instructions as I
told you in accordance with the United Nations Compensation Commission
to receive your own compensation payment.
Email him with this email address (Upsonyc243@gmail.com) or call him with
this phone number +1(646) 777 4489
So the Information you are Required to Reconfirm to the Agent is as Follow.
(1)Your Full Name=========
(2)Mobile Phone Number====
(3)Current Home Address===
(5)Nearest Airport =======
(6)A Copy of Your ID For Identification. attached.
As he is at Los Angeles International Airport right now because of the
Searching and Scanning of the package which
made him to misplace your address, So contact him via his email address,
The Managing Director
International Monetary Funds
Brussels - Bulgaria