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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:
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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)
- "million us 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)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- 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)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Brandon Hummel" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 04:31:02 +0200
Subject: Attn: Consignment Box Owner
Attn: Consignment Box Owner.
Sorry for this unexpected message to you. I am Mr. Brandon Hummel, a Security Manager at the Dayton International Airport, Dayton Ohio, USA. During a recent routine check at all Security/Storage Units at the airport, I discovered an abandoned shipment in your name coming from Nigeria which was on Transit to your city but was intercepted by the Dayton International Airport Security for lack of proper clearance papers as the consignment was scanned and discovered to contain valuable cash between US$4.5Million US Dollars in estimation that was not properly declared to the authorities since the tags on the consignment showed the item contains Personal Belongings/ Family Treasures which is not in regulations to the delivery requirements by The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) so in this regards, the consignment was placed on hold until proper clearances are provided by a reliable Government source. The details on the consignment are tagged as:< /DIV>
Wheels: 4 wheels
Handles: Trolley handle with top & side handles
Approximate Dimensions: Height: 3.20 ft, Width: 2.50 ft, Depth: 1.90 ft.
However, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself as a Security Manager at the Dayton International Airport to contact you personally about this abandoned shipment is because I am a GOD fearing man and i would not want you to loose your consignment box since the box has not yet been returned to the United states Treasury Department for further inspection after being abandoned by the shipper so immediately the confirmation is made, I will go ahead with all negotiations with the airport authorities for the release of the consignment box to me as your representative so I can arrange for the delivery to your city since the encoded Tag on the Bill of entry for the consignment was declared as personal effect so the reconciliation of Correct Manifest information as Valuable cash in the new Bill of entry is needed before the release can be implemented.
Lastly, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this consignment Box, I will advise you get back to me as quick as possible and re-confirm your address so that i can be sured that the box is going to the rightful owner, also list the closest airport to you to enable me cross check if it corresponds with the address on the official documents including the normalization of your Bill of Entry and arrange for the box to be moved out of this Airport to your address. Once we are through with this process.
Please confirm your information:
5.Your Cell Number/Home:
For confidentiality purposes,i will advise you to email my private email, for quick processing and response to you,kindly send and confirm your details to my private email account (email@example.com) so we can act swiftly.
Mr. Brandon Hummel
Dayton International Airport
3600 Terminal Dr,