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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:
- "@diplomats.com" ("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: "Mr. Robert Miller" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:39:49 -0800
Subject: CALL OR TEXT HIM NOW +1(423 281 4086
WELCOME TO UNITED PARCEL SERVICE DHL
Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Founded: August 28, 1907, Seattle, Washington, United States
CEO: David P. Abney
Subsidiaries: The DHL Store, Mail Boxes, DHL Airlines,
Shipping and Mailing ServiceADDRESS:9838 Old Bay meadows Rd Jacksonville FL.USA â¢
Open until 6:30 PM more The DHL Store
My diplomat just arrived at Orlando International Airport in
Florida with your ATM CARD worth of $($17 MILLION USD) please
Contact him with your delivery information such as, Your Name,
home Address/nearest airport/ copy of id, Occupation and your
According to the report we have in my desk said that the funds
was giving to you by MR. FRANK NEWMAN(http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/memorial/people/2632.html) and
your ATM card have being long here and if you did not be fast
about this your delivering it will be cancelled and you will
lose your Package because it have being long here but glory be
to GOD it still safe,
URGET RESPONED TO HIM SO HE CAN LEAVE THE AIRPORT TO YOUR HOME WITHOUT
ANY MORE DELAY AND LOCATE YOU EMAIL BOX OR DELIVER YOUR PACKAGE AT YOUR DOOR
STEP AND YOU BOTH WILL GO TO ANY ATM MACHINE AND YOU WILL START MAKING USE OF
ATM BEFORE HE LEAVE.
Name of DIPLOMAT whom to deliver your Package to you is DR.DAVID
OSBORNE E-mail:(email@example.com) CALL OR TEXT HIM NOW
+1(423 281 4086