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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:
- "ecowas " (the name of a person or institution often appearing 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: "Jones Adams" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 10:36:36 -0800
Subject: URGENT RESPONSE REQUIRED !!!!
THIS IS 3RD AND FINAL NOTICE OF YOUR PAYMENT LOADED INTO ATM MASTER CARD BY ONLINE ACCOUNT. IT HAS BEEN PROGRAMMED IN YOUR NAME WITH SECRET PIN SEALED, THIS WILL BE COMING WITH YOUR PACKAGE VIA DHL OR FEDEX EXPRESS COURIER SPECIAL SERVICES.
Kindly acknowledge the following conditions for safe and secured delivery of your fund ATM Card to you as you chose an preferred affordable delivery package below:
Special Shipping/delivery Rate Information for this Exercise are:
DHL Shipping Special rate charges;...................$295,USD (3 working days delivery).
FedEx: Shipping rate charges;.................$195,USD (5 working days delivery).
Post Office: Shipping rate charges;............$185,USD (20 working days delivery).
UPS: Shipping rate charges;.......................$170. USD (12 working days delivery).
TNT_swc post_vert_PMS_POST NT: Shipping rate charges;...................$120
Please note very well that, any option you indicate is your ONLY OBLIGATORY RESPONSIBILITY for this exercise as approved and legalized by Ecowas Parliament court.
AND PACKAGED READY, Waiting for your timely acknowledgement of this final notice.
Please,Reply Urgently Through my private email:firstname.lastname@example.org