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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:
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Mansur Muhtar" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:35:11 -1200
Subject: YOUR CONSIGNMENT FROM WORLD BANK. Call lifting agent Desmond Daniel
My name is Mansur Muhtar, director of world Bank. Your The United Nations and International Monetory funds has moved your $10,500,000.00 ( TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) into world Bank to take over the final release of the funds to you.
We do not want to make any transfer of the funds to your account to avoid asking you for transfer fees and etc. However, World Bank has delegated a United Nation funds lifting agent to move the $10.5m in CASH to your address. The funds was package in 2 trunks,the United Nation lefting agent departed yesterday with the trunks and has arrive
in US.His name is Desmond Daniel He is on Transit @ Dallas F/T Worth Airport,Dallas Texas.(214 884 6653)
The Lifting agent is fully aware of the contents of the Trunks, but he does not have a code to UNLOCK IT. The code will only be provided to you immediately the lifting agent arrive at your door step or meet you one on one,only then you will call for the code to unlock the trunks. Security measures !You should quickly contact the lifting agent now
via his email and send your details to him for proper confirmation to enable him deliver rightly.
Please send this listed details to him via his email: (email@example.com)
A) Your complete name----
B) Your direct cell/ home phone-----
C) Your nearest Airport----
D) Your Ocupation-----
Please endavour to carry out all his instruction from the airport so that he does not get stranded. As soon as you receive the trunks, i will send you legal documents before you take the funds to your Bank to avoid questioning.
Mr. Mansur Muhtar
WORLD BANK EXECUTIVE