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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: "Mr.Jean Cloud" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 05:57:01 -0800
Subject: Urgent From Mr. Jean Cloud
Please my name is Mr. Jean Cloud and i am the director of a private security firm in Ghana,during the political turmoil that erupted in Ivory coast Mr.Laurent Kili who was one of the former president Laurent Gbagbo personal aid brought to our custody a consignment (a box )he said contains 12.5 MILLION dollars for safe keeping.
But till date he has not return to claim the consignment and based on our investigation,it has been brought to our knowledge that he was killed during the war. Our company wants to return the box to the government of Ivory coast but i was asked first to find out if i can get any body that relates to him so the consignment can be handed over to the relative.
During our finding we got your name which correspond with his name and we decided to contact you so you can come claim this consignment.Please this is confidential so kindly response to this mail with your phone number and i will advise you on how to go about it.
Waiting to hearing from you soon.