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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 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "diplomatic agent" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "contact the diplomat" ("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 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: "DR.PAUL HENRY" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2018 13:07:33 +0100
Subject: text me here (337) 313-2658
Attn: Your Consignment Box we wish to inform you that the diplomatic agent conveying the consignment box worth of $20.500,000 million United State Dollars is currently at Nashville Tennessee International airport now. He required you to reconfirm the following information below so that he can deliver your consignment box to you today. we clear the money in the ATM card and now he will make it cash delivery to you soon as you get back to him,
YOUR NEAREST AIRPORT:==
A COPY OF YOUR==
BANK REGISTRATION NO :EG894901 CODE NUMBER: 2140079 also make sure that you forward your Code Number and Bank Re registration's to him because it is very important to enable him locate your package. Please do contact the diplomatic agent with the email below with the information required.Contact Person : Mr.lord janny EMAIL; (firstname.lastname@example.org) call or text #6158730443 He is waiting to hear from you today with the information,one more thing i video the money when am packing it and ask the agent to send you the video, i have been working on this for years now and i hope god is final answer your prayer,