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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:
- 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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Madam Pris Adams <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 18:39:04 +0000
Subject: FROM MADAM PRIS ADAMS.
My name is Madam Pris an officer at the Kotoka International airport.i believe
God wants us to help each other, that's why he connected us through this means.
About two weeks ago, I discovered five boxes under our custody which had not
been claimed for the past 1 year and 2 months now. I scanned the boxes
privately and found out that two(2) of the boxes contains gold, 50 kg dust
and 100gks bars respectively, two contains spendable cash of $100 bills which
could amount to $10.5m, and $25millions and the last box contains diamonds. My
investigation proves That the owners abandoned the consignments due to documentation lapses.
when i retraced back to the address in Sierra Leone i found out that he had a
fatal accident and died on the spot. None of their friends or family members
knew about their five boxes.
Mr. Carl came to Ghana about 4 months ago and gave me his mobile number, that
he could assist for the shipments of the consignments. but Unfortunately, we
lost contact again.
i was surprised when you picked up the call and said it was a wrong number.
But as i said from the beginning,This is a "divine connection from God".
Now I have decided to offer you 20% out of the total worth of the
kindly send me your full details such as full name and address for shipments
with regards to receiving them in your country or any other country of your
choice which will be favorable to all of us.
Note: i will be shipping two boxes first, 50kgs of gold and $10.5m and all
documentations will be on your name as the owner.
BUT please I want you to be very sincere and faithful to me when you receive
This is a confidential project and must be kept as utmost secret.
YOUR quick response will give me the go ahead to explain the steps to be taken
towards a peaceful and successful end.
Email me here; firstname.lastname@example.org