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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:
- "trunk box" (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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "British House Of Common" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 04:36:21 -0700
Subject: House of Commons United Kingdom Parliament
House of Commons United Kingdom Parliament
(DFIDP) Department of Foreign Payment
Abercrombie House, Eagles ham Road,
East Kilbride, Glasgow G75 8EA
Hope this email meets you in a perfect condition am in profess to your long pending Inheritance fund which you have not claimed due to some reasons best known to you, am not sure if you have received any response from United State Department of Treasury regarding your fund worth $15,500,000.00USD awarded in your favor.
This amount is presently here in London because the outstanding inheritance fund has been issued for over 7months by the United State Government and British Government since it has been unclaimed for some reason, The fund has to came back to England not until further inquires has been made about you, because some people also file for claim in this regards but after due verification processes we find out that this people are not the rightful beneficiary of this fund.
However the both FEDS has scheduled a means to get your money directly to your country, through Consignment delivery and this delivery means will assure you that you will receive your TRUNK BOX at any destination provided by you for this delivery.
Note that your funds will be packaged in a TRUNK BOX as a special consignment but will be loaded with cash inside of it the password will be given to you by the eminent board of chairmen approved by both federal government US and UK. You will need a lawyer who will back up this delivery for a signed agreement between the delivery company and you as an individual to avoid any bridge in contract.
You are to provide address where you want this TRUNK BOX to be delivered either to your bank or your home. Please note that this delivery must be confidential and only the lawyer will have communication with your bank if you want your TRUNK BOX to be delivered to your bank.
Further information will be released as soon as you have confirmed this email and respond back with vital questions and delivery destination.
Thanks for your co operation.
George L Taylor