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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:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dhl Courier Service, Accra-Ghana." <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 10:45:51 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Your ATM Credit Card.
Compliments of the season to you. We (Dhl Courier Service) do want you to know that we do have a parcel with us containing (International ATM Credit Card) and sealed (Pin-Code) bearing your name and contact details with us.
Please we do want you to know that the delivery of your (International ATM Credit Card) and sealed (Pin-Code) to you will cost you One Hundred and Twenty Eight United States Dollars ($128:00).
We (Dhl Courier Service) do want you to know that if you do have any of the following courier service account below the delivery fee can be charge to the account:
Â Â Â Â Â 1.Â DHL ACCOUNT.
Â Â Â Â Â 2.Â UPS ACCOUNT.
Â Â Â Â Â 3.Â FEDEX ACCOUNT.
Â Â Â Â Â 4.Â UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE ACCOUNT (USPS).
Also to enable complete the delivery of your (International ATM Credit Card) and sealed (Pin-Code) to you in your country without any mistake; again please send us the complete informationâs below:
Destination Zip Code:............................
If you do know that you do not have any of the following courier service account above then you should send the delivery fee to the informationâs below:
Name: Deborah Wilkinson.
Country: Republic of Ghana.
As soon as we get any of the courier service account above or the delivery fee payment detail and verify your delivery informationâs, your (International ATM Credit Card) and sealed (Pin-Code) will be shipped immediately to the complete delivery informationâs that will be provided by you.
Mr. Kofi Mensah.
Director of Delivery Department.
Phone Number: +233-5435-67201.
Dhl Courier Service, Accra-Ghana.