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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:
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2013 07:52:36 -0600
Subject: Your donation $500,000.00 USD
This is a personal email directed to you, Let me formally introduce myself
to you, my name is (Mr. Allen Large). I and my dear wife Violet won a
Jackpot Lottery of $11.3 million in July 2010 and have voluntarily decided
to donate the sum of $500,000.00 USD to you as part of our own charity
project to improve the lives of 5 lucky individuals all over the world.
Your email address was submitted to us by the Google Management Team
and you received this email because we have listed you as one of the lucky
recipients. Kindly send your below details to Federal Express Canada Ltd to
enable them effect the delivery of your valid Bank Draft of $500,000.00 USD
to you immediately.
We have paid for the necessary delivery fee except that of the Administration
and Handling charges which is $270 only. And this was because we don't know
how soon you will be contacting FedEx.
CONTACT FEDEX NOW WITH THE BELOW INFO:
Federal Express Canada Ltd.
5985 Explorer Drive. Mississauga, ON L4W 5K6
Delivery Officer: Sir. Philip White.
*Your Full Names:
*Your Mobile Number:
*Your Delivery Address:
Ensure you respond to this email using your security code [A7449METP00-010]
as subject. Reply for claims without this security code will be alerting the
Anti-fraud Unit and IC3.
verify this by visiting the web pages below.
Mr/Mrs. Allen Violet Large.
Online Co-ordinator: Leidy Diana.