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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 11:51:27 +0200
Subject: your Credit Card shipping
We have make the arrangement of shipping your Credit Card to your address today and with all the arrangement was made through DHL and FedEx Express and Air France, which means expecting to received it from the Company through the secretary. The Credit Card ATM has been sealed and forwarded to to the secretary today, so contact the secretary for delivery shipping to your address.
You Contact to secretary MR DAVID CHITEX JOHN on below information and make sure you comply with them so that you can be able to received it soonest.
Contact Pearson; Dr (Ms) HOUNSOU Paul.
E-mail ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact now to receive your ATM CARD parcel, again this is the details of your ATM CARD which you will use to make use of it when cashing up from the Company; Card Pin Code Number: 62451 Secret Code Number 9876, please try to keep it secret to avoid anyone to make use of your money.
Update us once you received it, looking forward to hear good news from you soon.