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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:
- "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.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr john.cross" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Mr john.cross" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 15:17:39 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention My Dear:
Â Attention My Dear:
I Just received a call from Dr.Maxwell Ntepe, the Director Of DHL express Company Benin that the ( $4.8 Million USD ) cash payment compensation which I sent to you is returned back due to wrong address provided, They need the reconfirmation of the below information:
Rev. Dr. Maxwell Ntepe,
DIRECTOR,DHL FOREIGN DELIVERY SECTION
DHL EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC,
1.YOUR FULL NAME_____
2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS______
3..YOUR PHONE AND CELL NUMBER____
4.A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE____
Contact them at the following information: Director Mr. Maxwell Ntepe, Tel:+229-99724071, Your registration code is (GL-14160), E-mai:(email@example.com) use it as your subject when contacting them,
thanks and have a nice day.
Â Mr john.cross,