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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.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Joy Anthony." (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:55:36 -0000
Subject: ATTENTION: DID YOU AUTHORIZE MRS. RITA JONES.?
ATTENTION: DID YOU AUTHORIZE MRS. RITA JONES.?
We received an email from Mrs. Rita Jones stating that she is your sister and you have given her permission to claim your package worth of 950,000.00usd ATM CARD scheduled for delivery to your residence address.
Your package is amongst the 8 parcels still in our custody that are still awaiting dispatch due to incorrect receiver's/delivery address.
The package was deposited on 8th of February 2014, by your agent, he paid the original shipping/handling fees and your package was sent to your Address, it was returned a week later due to incorrect address.
Confirm that Mrs. Rita Jones was authorized to receive your package. If yes, do send us a letter of authorization instructing us to ship the package to Her address upon that she will be paying the Safe Keeping Fee of $50usd, immediately before the Package will be shipped to her Address Below.
South Holland IL 60573-1844
And if No please, Do also re-confirm your mailing information below as follows:
Send your correspondence to the manager:
1.) Your Full Legal Names:...
2.} Your Country:...
3.) Your Current Mailing Address:...
4.) Your Direct Phone Number:...
5.) Your Scan copy of your International Passport/ Driving License:...
6.) Your Occupation:...
Mr. Jeffy Michael
Email Address: email@example.com
He is waiting to receive your authorization letter for onward shipment To Mrs. Rita Jones
Mrs. Cody Lampard
Public Relations Officer. Federal Express NG