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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)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "courier company" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "MR. KEN RAYMOND" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "MR. KEN RAYMOND" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:48:52 +0900 (JST)
Subject: PLEASE CONTACT DR. FRANK BRYAN FOR THE RELEASE OF YOUR APPROVED ATM CARD
This is to bring to your notice that I have successfully registered your ATM CARD valued the sum of $7.5 Million with FEDEX Express Courier Company this morning with registration code of (DCJKT00678G), and the card has been signed and was approved by the Federal Ministry of Justice Republique Du Benin . Therefore, Contact FEDEX Company with your delivery information such as, Full name, Current residential address, a copy of any legal ID, Nearest airport, Direct and office Telephone Number.
Please, contact them with the above mentioned information because we agreed up that the delivery of your ATM Card package will commence tomorrow morning. So like I said earlier, do not fail to reconfirm to the FEDEX Courier director Dr. Frank Bryan with your full information where your Card will be delivered.
However below is the FEDEX Courier Service information where to contact them and furnish to them the above mentioned information.
Contact Person: Frank Bryan, Director.
Company Name: feDEX Courier Service
Position: Foreign Delivery Department.
Address: 52 BP 1222 Dodomey Gbato, Plot8, Ahmed Way Victoria Island, Republic Of Benin
Finally, The amount in your Card is US$7.5Million and your Pin code is: (0689).I sincerely apologize for contacting you very late; it was due to some prevailing circumstances beyond my control. I am out of the country for investment project. I instructed feDEX Courier not to carry on the dispatch until you contact them to avoid wrong delivery. I supposed to contact you last week, but I was very busy.
Keep me posted once you receive your Consignment Box.
Mr. Ken Raymond
Technology Company (ITC).