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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "huge amount of money" (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 states 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)
- "cotonou" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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: office file <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:10:42 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Contact Skyline Delivery Company Now For Your Package.
Church Of Later Days
Cotonou Benin Republic
Hello Dear Friend
How are you today ? Hope all is well with you and your family. I am veryhappy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferredunder the co-operation of a new partner. Considering all your effortsduring those trying periods, though it did not workout.
I have raised an International Bank Draft of $1.5 million United States Dollars in your name as a compensation but deposited it with Skyline Delivery Company for easy delivery due to the economic cries in our country today before i travelled out of the country for an investment project and will not come back till the end of next 2 month. What you have to do now is to contact Skyline Delivery Company as soon as possible to know when they willdeliver your Bank Draft to you because of the expiring date.
For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charges, The only money you will pay to Skyline Delivery Company to deliver your Bank Draft direct toyour postal Address in your country is ($121) only being their SecurityKeeping Fee. Again, Do not be deceive by anybody to pay any other money except $121, Iwould have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will be contacting them and in case of dumorage.You have to contact the Skyline Delivery Company Benin Republic now for the delivery of your Bank Draft with this information bellow.
Phone: +229 9824-6485
Reg No: wwdsc/xxx/100
Code No: xxxdcsc/6545
Finally, make sure that you re-confirm all your Postal address and Directtelephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery andLet me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keepingfee of $121 for their immediate action.You should also Let me know through E-mail as soon as you receive the Bank Draft.
Note: Skyline Delivery Company Benin Republic do not know the content ofthe package. I registered it as my photograph (pix) being sent to a friend overseas. They do not know that it contains a Bank Draft of such a huge amount of money, this is to avoid them tampering with the package. Please,do not let them know the content of the package. I am waiting to hear the good news from you.
Rev. Pastor Lawman Jude