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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 company" (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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Daniel Tony" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 19:22:59 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Attn Benficiary
I,am,Rev.John Akachukwu, the Driector of Credit Bank Benin Republic. This is to bring to your notice that, I, have paid the fee of your ATM CARD, because the ATM-card worth $2.4,M USD has less a month to expire and when it expires the money will go into Government reserve. With that I decided to help you pay the money so that the ATM CARD will not expire,because, I know when you get your ATM CARD definitely you must compensate me.
Now, your ATM CARD has been deposited with ups Courier for delivery direct to your doorstep.therefore, I, want you to contact ups Courier Company with your Full Contact informations, so that they can deliver your ATM CARD to your designated address without any delay. Like I, stated earlier, The delivery charges has been paid but i did not pay their official keeping fees, I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.
Because, the Reasons they refusal is that they do not know when you will contact them. As of now, I, deposited it on 3oth of June 2011 therefore, try to contact them immedaitly to aviod any increase the securitye keeping fee ok.
MEAN WHILE DON,T FORGET TO GIVE THEM
1)Your Full Name___
2)Your Home Address_____
4)Your Telephone Number______
5)A Copy Of Your Picture____
7)Your Closet Airport_______
So try and contact them immediately to avoid delay with the bellow information's.Mr James Mike ; Director General
UPS Delivery Company Benin Republic.
Contact E-mail address:(firstname.lastname@example.org