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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:
- "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 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Marriott Harrison" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:53:52 -0700
Subject: Attn: Consignee,///18.104.22.168
JFK - John F. Kennedy International Airport
Port Code: 4701
Location Jamaica New York, NY 11430
Operational Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM(Eastern)
Seven Days A Week (7)
Direct Tel: 503-836-3356
I am the head Asset Recovery Program (ARP) JFK - John F. Kennedy International Airport. A forfeited Suitcase from a secured Delivery Company traceable to London was brought to our facility today and When scanned it is estimated that the suitcase contains valuable cash between $4.5 to $5 Million Dollars. The Suitcase was forfeited by the secured delivery Company because there is a restraining order against the release since it is not properly declared as Cash.
The only traceable information on the tag is your e-mail address and that is why I am contacting you via this medium.
Other details on the consignment tagged are:
Wheels: 4 wheels
Handles: Trolley handle with top & side handles
Approximate Dimensions: Height: 3.20 ft, Width: 2.50 ft, Depth: 1.90 ft.
Weight: 180 lbs.
1. Your Full Name.
2. Home phone & Cell Phone
3. Home delivery address
4. Your Consignment Origin Certificate
5. Any form of Identification either Drivers license or International Passport.
You are expected to come to our Department, sign the normalization of your Bill of Entry and pick-up your Consignment.
Note: We shall direct you on how to procure your consignment origin certificate from London if you don"t have it so feel much free to respond urgently and positively to this notification.
(ARP) JFK - John F. Kennedy International Airport.