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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "the 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)
- "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)
- "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)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "a diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "FROM BANKLES BANK UK" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 03:47:34 +0530
This is to inform you honorable contractor about the good news on your payment and also seeing that you have gone through a lot trying to receive this fund but all to no avail. Now I have made an arrange with a diplomat with the bank I am working with, uses to help you deliver your fund to your country Since transferring the fund through bank to bank Attn: transfer will demand for a lot of money. I have also received a call from the diplomat that he will be going to country in two weeks from now, and I have tried contacting you through your old information, rather I got someone that told me that you no longer interested with the Transaction that you have given him the go ahead order to complete it with my bank. Therefore I want to know if the diplomat should go ahead and deliver the consignment to your partner that told me he is recently in country and also the amount in the box is $2.8 Million United States Dollars, As soon as you contact me with your Present complete contact details, I will give you the D
NAME OF YOUR NEAREST AIRPORT:
A COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION:
For easy Communication.
Get back to me as soon as you get this message.
REPLY TO THIS ID; email@example.com
Barclay's Bank Plc London
Note that this is a deal and I would want this
Transaction to be confidential and the bank I work
With must not know about it, I am the head of
Operation International remittance.