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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "money gram" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- fedex new york phone: +1-917-503-1832. email: firstname.lastname@example.org dear sir. we are on the serious delivery packages this (Safe-mail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- email@example.com (Safe-mail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- rebholz. phone: +234-706-665-5666. email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email: email@example.com contact (Safe-mail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:17:55 +0800
Subject: FEDEX NEW YORK YOUR ATM CARD IS READY NOW
I am Brian Phillips
>From FedEx new york
we are on the serious delivery packages this time from last week to the extent that immediately you send the last $100 dollars believe me you must have your atm card for sure because the homeland security including Fbi is out to giving us over worry to make sure we finalize every delivery this time.
reminder again that I swear that immediately you send this last $100 dollars definitely your atm card must deliver the following day your address while we shall like you to keep someone in the house or you stay at home your self why because FedEx have already change their system of work to the extent that if any manager delay again the manager will be prosecuted to the law court.
so our advice is for you to complete and send the last $100 dollars and take your atm card final process do not allow your atm card to return back as it is ready for delivery believe me honestly.
Kindly contact us for the delivery shipment of your ATM card package sent from zenith Bank London.
Zenith bank Phone: +44-703-595-9142.
contact manager name is : Davis Williams.
when you send the last $100 dollars make sure you give us all your correct House address and phone number to avoid delivery mistake.
I must advice you today that the reason why we have directed you to send the money fee to the west Africa is because the attach certificate is very low cost prize but other countries is charging higher that is why we refer you to Nigeria in west Africa to get the certificate very chipper rate of $100 dollars only.
also make sure you contact David Rebholz of FedEx in west Africa for him to issue the attach certificate in the rate of $100 dollars only.
see the Name to contact fedex in west Africa for your last attach Document.
Name: David Rebholz.
Email: fedex_rebholz_david_1@Safe-mail.net or EMAIL: fedex_rebholz_david1@Safe-mail.net
contact him for your attach document before our fedex new york shall deliver your atm card.
THIS IS THE NAME TO SEND THE FINAL FEE.WITH MONEY GRAM ONLY.
NAME : NNAKEE JOSEPH NWABUEZE.
COUNTRY. : NIGERIA.
AMOUNT: $100 DOLLARS.
TEXT QUESTION: DELIVER.
TEXT ANSWER: CARD.
FedEx Office, New York
Reply here: fedexnewyork_brian_phillips111@Safe-mail.net