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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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Yahoo, United Kingdom; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: ATM CARD <email@example.com>
Reply-To: ATM CARD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:14:27 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: ATM Master Card Delivering Department.
Â ATM Master Card Delivering Department.
(Eco-Bank International Plc) Benin Republic.
Dr John Williams,
Office line:+229 65830256.
Urgent Attention, You Are Expected To Call Us +229 65830256.. Once You Receive These Email.
This is to officially informÂ you that your (ATM Card Number::4278763100030014) has been accredited
in your favor.Your Personal Identification Number is 1992.Your ATM Card Value is
$4.8MILLION USD.You are here by please advice to contact the ATM card payment
managing director Mr John Williams, With Details Below:
Office Number:+229 65830256.
Fill theÂ form below and ask Mr John Williams to activate your ATM card on
your name and send it to you without delay.
Below is the information you are expected to re-confirm to him,
1. Full Name:__________________________
7. State of Origin:_______Country:_______
8. Drivers license:____________________
9. Copy Of Your Identity:_______________
We have 2days to complete this shipping and so fill the form right away and
get back to us to enable us commence immediately.
Thanks for Your Co-operation.
Mrs Janet Smith,
ATM Master Card Delivering Department.
(ECO-BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC ) Benin Republic.