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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:
- "the 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)
- "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)
- "million 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)
- 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.
- email@example.com (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- to your doorstep at your expense ...email us at ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or my private email id( email@example.com ) (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Smith Scott" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Mr.Smith Scott" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 21:58:20 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attn:- Consignee: The details on the consignment tagged.
Â Atlanta Harts-field/Jackson International Airport
Port Code: 1704
Location Address: 157 Trade port Drive
Atlanta, GA 30354.
Operational Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM (Eastern)
Seven Days A Week (7)
Telephone: (470) 204-2903Attn:-Â Consignee:A forfeited consignment from a secured Shipping Company was brought to our facility today and When scanned it is estimated that the consignment contains valuable cash of approximately $4.5 to $5 Million Dollars. The consignment was forfeited by the secured delivery Company because there is a restraining order against the release since it is not properly declared.The details on the consignment tagged.Type: BOXED-SUITCASEÂ Â
Wheels: non wheels
Handles: Trolley handle with top & side handles
Approximate Dimensions: Height: 3.20 ft, Width: 2.50 ft, Depth: 1.90 ft.
Weight: 180 lbs.We need;1. Your Full Name.
2. Home phone & Cell Phone
3. Home delivery address
4. Any form of Identification either Drivers license or International Passport.You are expected to come for the normalization of your Bill of Entry or it will be shipped to your doorstep at your expense ...Email us at ( firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ ) Or my private email Id( email@example.comÂ )
Call/Text at (470) 204-2903Best Regard.Mr.Smith Scott
(470) 204-2903 text msg only for now ... firstname.lastname@example.org