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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.
- 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: UPS Online Management Team <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:21:12 +0330
Subject: Letter From The UPS Online Management Team
This email is coming to you as a reminder concerning your pending package that has been with us for a long time. As you already know that this package is containing an
AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINE CARD (ATM CARD) in your name and in the amount of $2.5 million USD.
United Parcel Service (UPS) wish to let you know that our delivery team has finally carried out delivery of your package but encountered some logistics problems as regards your
availability on the day of delivery which we assume to be as result of incorrect. The package was shipped from Nigeria and since on the 01/31/2013 it has been in Pine Bluff, AR,
United States on transit awaiting clearance of location.
To track your package, go to www.ups.com and insert the tracking number below to view delivery status.
TRACKING NUMBER: 1Z9575R2P297341747
On the tracking page you will see that this package has been in our route for five months, hence our contact to you via your e-mail ID for proper identification of your address.
This is because you have refused to co-operate with us, you are hereby advised to provide us with below requested details so we can immediately instruct our delivery officer in
Arkansas to complete the immediate delivery of the parcel containing your ATM Card to the new address.
Below are all we requested of you to forward immediately:.
YOUR NAME (IN FULL):_
YOUR DELIVERY ADDRESS: _
YOUR DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER:_
Upon receipt of your correct address, we will notify our regional depot and the Airport Authorities in USA so that the package will be redirected to your correct address
immediately. This is important therefore, your immediate response will be of immense benefit to you.
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