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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.
Fraud email example:
From: "FedExcourierexpress" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 1 Jul 2012 08:44:25 -0000
Subject: urgent reply!!!
Attention My Dear:
I'm Just received a call from Rev. Dr. Maxwell Shargan the Director Of Fedex
Company Nigeria that the £3.8 ( Million United Kingdom Pounds ) cash payment
compensation which I sent to is returned back due to wrong address provided,
They need the reconfirmation of the below information: Rev. Dr. Maxwell
Shargan DIRECTOR,FEDEX FOREIGN DELIVERY SECTION Email:
FEDEX EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY NIGERIA.
8.home address ___________
Contact them at the following information: Director Rev. Dr. Maxwell Shargan
E-mail:( email@example.com) Your registeration code is (GL005),
use it as your subject when contacting them, thanks and have a nice day.