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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:
- "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)
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: BARRISTER.DON PHILIP <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2018 05:24:01 -0700
Subject: CONTACT FEDEX COURIER SERVICE FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS FUND PACKAGE
Attn:E-mail ID Owner,
We have your Christmas package consignment worth the sum of $3.5 Millions USD that will be deliver to you at the moment as long as you provide all the required information to FedEx Courier Service before the consignment can be shipped to your own residential address in your country,
Further more,Your email address was among the luckiest consignment that will be send through FedEx Express Courier Service as soon as you contact them,therefore what you have to do right now is to contact Director of FedEx Courier Service Department for immediate dispatch to your residential address,
Contact FedEx Express Courier Service with the below information for immediate dispatch to your home,
Contact person:Dr Willie Obiano
This are the information required for easy delivery of your package consignment valued $3.5 millions united states dollars
1.YOUR FULL NAME______________________
3.YOUR HOME ADDRESS_____________________
4.YOUR MOBIL PHONE NUMBER___________________
Call Dr Willie Obiano on phone Tel:+2348065617523 as soon as you send email to him because your call would facilitate the immediate attention to you due to his tight delivery schedule.
My Regard to your family