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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:
- "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)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: JOHN ROLAND <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: JOHN ROLAND <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:58:01 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: ATTENTION PLEASE!
Â ATTENTION PLEASE!
This is to inform you that we have succeeded on the delivery of your fund.
Simply contact Diplomat Mrs Rose Cynthia James with your full delivery address And your nearest airport to land, on this information below so that she can deliver your consignment Package worth $2.5Million ;Contact Name: Mrs Rose Cynthia James contact Email:(firstname.lastname@example.org) I advice you to reconfirm the following information below to her,So that she will deliver your consignment that contained your fund as soon as possible.
(1)Your Full Name=============
(2)Mobile Phone Number======
(3)Current Home Address========
(7)Nearest Airport =============
As she is at Airport right now because of the Searching and Scanning of the consignment which made her to misplace your address, so contact her now.Be inform that to open the consignment the secret code;is 86702, and the diplomat did not know the code due to i registered the box as Africa cloth and personal belong to avoid not to delaying the consignment.
Mr John Roland
New director DHL secure office