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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:
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Carney Mark Edward" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:33:34 -0800
Subject: Response to request
There is a de-congestion exercise going on here in USA Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ( ATL ) area port of entry. The de-congestion exercise is expected to remove all the bottlenecks causing delay of clearance at the port and open up spaces for terminal operators to drop laden consignments for customs officers to carry out easy and fast clearance of goods. Because of space constraint we have devised strategy on managing traffic both outside and within the port premises. All Consignments and luggages have been approved for dispatch or pick up by the Consignee.
Your Consignment with serial Number; ATL/19910/US9022 abandoned by an untraceable delivery officer on transit from UK has been deposited here in the Inspection department for handling. So you are expected to come for pick up. Or appoint someone who will pick for you.
Your urgent response is needed.
Mr. Carney Mark Edward.